On 7 December 2018, during a gala summing up the 26th edition of the European Heritage Days, distinctions were awarded to institutions, museums, non-governmental organisations, people for whom history, monuments and culture are an important aspect in popularising and disseminating knowledge about cultural heritage.
We are pleased to announce that the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe was one of the honoured from the Lower Silesia region.
The theme of this year's edition of the European Heritage Days was "Independent for all! - a slogan referring to the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining independence.
The project "MigrARTion", which took place from 18 to 27 August in Krzyżowa, was connected with the issue of migration and its experience expressed in various artistic fields. The project was realized by Polish and Ukrainian youth in cooperation with the Krzyżowa Foundation and Ukrainian NGO "Cultural Geographies". The project was attended by 21 people from Poland and 19 from Ukraine.
The participants of the "MigrARTion" project came from different regions, which was the main reason for their interest in the subject of migration. Both Poles and Ukrainians participating in the project were strongly involved in cultural and social life and wanted to present the migration process in Lower Silesia with the use of artistic means. During the meeting, the young people took part in 3 workshops, working either in a film group, or in a graphic or ceramic group.
On 14th July 2016 in Bad Nauheim near Frankfurt am Main the ceremony of awarding the Erika Pitzer Prize for Mutual Understanding in Europe by the Willy Robert Pitzer Stiftung Foundation took place.
The Board of Trustees of the Willy Robert Pitzer Stiftung Foundation unanimously awarded this year's prize to the International Youth Meeting Centre in Krzyżowa in recognition of its commitment to building European understanding among young people. Dr. Helmut Häuser, Chairman of the Board of the Willy Foundation, Robert Pitzer Stiftung, in his welcoming speech, emphasized the importance of continuous work to bring young Poles and Germans together and build friendships. The award is to support and emphasize this work of Krzyżowa.
On behalf of the Krzyżowa Foundation, the prize was received by the President of the Foundation Council, Ms. Eva Feldmann-Wojtachnia.
The award was presented by the Chairman of the Beirate of the Willy Robert Pitzer Stiftung Foundation, Mr. Karlheinz Reichert .
An important element of the ceremony was Laudatio delivered by Professor Dr. Rita Süssmuth.
The “Krzyżowa” Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe together with its partners, Kreisau-Initiative e.V. Association and Center for International Studies from Minsk (Belarus) received a prize from Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility, Future",program EUROPEANS FOR PEACE 2010/2011.Foundation awarded a prize for the project “Spotlight on Human Rights- Young journalists on tour in Belarus, Germany and Poland”. Awards ceremony was held on 14th December 2011 in Berlin in Kalkscheune. The jury appreciated cross-border projects, which deal with issues of human rights in the historical and contemporary context. Apart from “Krzyżowa” Foundation and its partners, prize winners were also: Internationaler Bund e.V. Association from Stuttgart (Germany) and Russian-German House from Tomsk (Russia), School Aloys-Fischer-Schule from Deggendorf (Germany), IV High School from Zagreb (Croatia) and Conduco e.V. Association from Dresden (Germany) together with its partner Special Educational Centre no. 1 in Suwałki.