Ágnes Heller is one of the most prominent philosophers of our time. We talked with her about her experiences during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, about the crisis in Europe and its future, and about coping with the past.


What purposes does the remembrance of 1956 serve in Hungary today? A commentary about Hungarian politics of memory.


In October 1956, Hungarian citizens staged a popular uprising to protest against the repressive policies of the Communist Party and against the country’s occupation by the Soviet Army. On 11 November 1956, Soviet forces quashed the last pockets of armed resistance in the capital city.

October 23 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. Our dossier reflects on the relevance of this historical event for present-day Hungarian society and politics.


More than twenty years have passed since the historic handshake between Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin in Washington D.C. The authors in this volume look at the Oslo years from various angles, including political, legal and economic aspects.

Publication Series on Democracy 15: Twenty years after the epoch-making change in 1989, which affected the post-Yugoslavian space in a way entirely different from other former “real-socialist” European countries, this study is an effort toward an analytical view on the past two decades of development of civil society in the western Balkans. The study shows: Without civic engagement, there will be no changes.

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Life stories conducted by historians and archivists are the nucleus of oral history. The workshop "Experiences in Oral History” dealt with the question, how the handling of these interviews as historical sources could be improved.


Lebanese bureaucracy, traumatized people, and little international support: There are numerous day-to-day problems in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. Majd Chourbaji helps to solve them.


The ties between Germany and Israel seem strong once again. Though especially in Germany the general attitude towards Israel has cooled. Reflections on the state of the German-Israeli relationship.

Video:  At the opening event of our 15th Annual Foreign Policy Conference, international guests discussed whether German foreign policy is ready to respond appropriately to current challenges


International Women's Day is celebrated in Ukraine to honour 'women's beauty'. Women of Maidan are now aiming to remind of the original meaning of the day and to draw attention to women’s issues in the country. Thus they organized a solidarity action “Women of Maidan – to Women of Crimea”.

A Culture and Politics of Remembrance

The Heinrich Böll Foundation addresses issues of contemporary history with the aim to enlighten people about the fact that society, politics, and public institutions are conditioned by historical processes. We promote the development of individual liberties and encourage debate on issues to do with “justice.”

Under the header “Vergangenheitspolitik” (i.e., a politics that aims to come to terms with the past) we have, in recent years, addressed issues to do with Germany’s Nazi past and how it was dealt with in the post-war era. Furthermore, we investigate the potential relationships between interpretations of history, politics of remembrance, and the present political scene. Our contributions to a culture of remembrance aim to reflect East German as well as West German experiences.

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