Searching for Traces
International Cultural Exchange

Searching for Traces

Coming to Terms with Southeastern Europe’s Totalitarian Heritage

Awarded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with the Literaturhaus Berlin and Herta Müller

Many Eastern European countries which were communist states until the end of the 1980s still have not spent much time coming to terms with the past or openly discussing this period. The same applies to the era of authoritarian national chauvinist regimes which often preceded it. As a result, periods of time up to 60 years in length remain in the historical shadows - or prevalent national stories are either incomplete, false, or completely biased.

In the course of four years, we will be supporting projects in Romania (2012), Bulgaria (2013), Serbia (2014) and Croatia (2015), which will strive to help these countries come to terms with the depiction of their respective dictatorial regimes. The results are to be published in the respective countries (and in their languages). Eligible for support are book projects, documentary films, or radio features (60 minutes in length or a corresponding series). Up to four grants can be awarded each year. Each grant has a value of 6,000 resp. 12,000 euros. A jury working together with competent representatives from the respective country will be responsible for selecting the award recipients.

Contact for Applicants

Katarina Tojic
Literaturhaus Berlin
Fasanenstraße 23
10719 Berlin 
Phone: +49 (0)30 887286-11

Contact at the Foundation

Elisabeth van Gelder
Phone: +49 (0) 711 46084-146

All information about "Searching for Traces" can be found on the website of Literaturhaus Berlin: