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Strengthening the remembrance of the Holocaust, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity to reinforce democracy in the EU


06 juni 2024





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2. CERV-2024-CITIZENS-REM-HOLOCAUST – Strengthening the remembrance of the Holocaust, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity to reinforce democracy in the EU

Europe’s 20th century was marked by horrific crimes such as the Holocaust and crimes committed by authoritarian and totalitarian regimes. The legacy of these crimes requires continuous sharing and remembering as well as research to curb distortion. Education targeting all generations on the importance of safeguarding democracy and fundamental rights should draw on the lessons from these crimes.

Young people should be empowered to become ambassadors of this memory, to recall the story of survivors both offline and online, to raise awareness about their tragedy and connect with memorial sites and museums. The testimonies of the witnesses of these crimes are particularly valuable in educating young people, especially since there are fewer and fewer of these witnesses. This also implies countering distortion, denial and trivialisation of the historical facts. In upholding EU values, the memory of these crimes, teaching about fundamental rights and the active engagement of people to learn from them are necessary, particularly for actors in the frontline of defending rights such as fundamental right-defenders, civil servants, members of the judiciary, law enforcement officials and policymakers.

Moreover, suppressing fundamental rights such as freedom of speech, assembly, thought, conscience and religion is an integral characteristic of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. Organised opposition and/or resistance from within society played a key role in fighting foreign occupation and/or overthrowing totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. It remains crucial to remember and educate actors and groups about these events as examples to defend fundamental rights for today and the future.

Projects under this priority should focus on specific crimes such as the Holocaust, totalitarian crimes or other 20th century crimes like genocides, war crimes and crimes against humanity and should analyse how these crimes were organised, which actors were involved and how they were committed.

Projects under this priority are encouraged to find new ways of remembering and educating about these crimes to protect society against resurging threats of hatred, antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, antigypsyism and LGBTIQ-phobia.

Projects are encouraged to look for new teaching methods and modern forms of educating on historical events including the Holocaust. New and modern approaches should ensure inclusiveness and create an enabling learning environment for participants of all gender. In line with the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, as well as the other key policy initiatives this priority supports, projects can focus in this regard on developing networks of Young European Ambassadors to promote Holocaust remembrance. Young Europeans should learn how to access and share accurate information about the Holocaust, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and should be empowered to act both online and in the physical world.

Projects can focus on countering Holocaust distortion, trivialization, and denial as well as digitalising historical material and testimonies of witnesses for education and training purposes. These projects are encouraged to work as well with young people, together with other generations, in order to transmit the memory of events.

Projects can also focus on reaching out to newcomers and migrants and teach about the history of the Holocaust, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Additionally, projects under this priority can also analyse and highlight resistance and/or organised opposition to totalitarian rule.

Projects under this priority can also focus on promoting awareness and memory of the Roma Holocaust and reconciliation processes in society, to help reduce prejudice and antigypsyism as important causes of discrimination and contribute to achieving the EU Roma Strategic Framework’s objectives in the area of equality.

For further information about the call and its conditions, please see the Call document.


De EU is gestoeld op waarden, zoals eerbied voor de menselijke waardigheid, vrijheid, democratie, gelijkheid, de rechtstaat en eerbieding van de mensenrechten, waaronder die van minderheden. De lidstaten delen deze waarden evenals een samenleving die gekenmerkt wordt door pluralisme, non-discriminatie, verdraagzaamheid, rechtvaardigheid, solidariteit en gelijkheid van mannen en vrouwen.

Het programma biedt financiering voor betrokkenheid van burgers bij de bevordering van gelijkheid voor iedereen en de verankering van rechten en waarden van de EU.

Het programma bestaat uit vier pijlers:

  1. Beschermen en promoten van de Europese waarden
  2. Gelijkheid en Rechten: 
  3. Engagement en betrokkenheid van burgers:
  4. Ondersteuning van slachtoffers van geweld (Daphne): de strijd tegen elke vorm van geweld

Voorbeelden van door CERV ondersteunde activiteiten zijn: 

Het kan daarbij gaan om zowel lopende als nieuw op te starten activiteiten. Binnen CERV kunnen zowel nationale als internationale projecten worden gefinancierd.  


In veel gevallen is Europese samenwerking nodig om in aanmerking te komen voor subsidie.

CERV financiert projecten van nationale, regionale of lokale maatschappelijke organisaties en overheden. Veel oproepen zijn ook beschikbaar voor deelnemers uit niet-geassocieerde landen.


Max. 90%


Budget 2021-2027: € 1,55 miljard

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