EvAKiZ Evangelische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte
The Evangelische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte (EvAKiZ), consisting of a research center and a commission, has represented a successful model of collaboration between church and science for five decades. On the one hand, it owes its existence to the action of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) after 1945 in adopting responsibility for the historical dimension of personal actions, in mindfulness of the National Socialist era. On the other hand, this cooperation is rooted in the premise of free self-determination that is essential for academic and scientific work. Prof. Dr. Harry Oelke (LMU Munich) has been the chairman of EvAKiZ since 2004.
The EvAKiZ strives to make a contribution to the systematically organized culture of memory which is of significance for the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. The dramatic events in the "short 20th century" of German history between 1918 and 1989, including the rise and devastating rule of National Socialism, the division of Germany and its reunification, faced German society with enormous challenges and tests in which the church, not only possessing indubitable spiritual properties but also the capability of shaping a complex array of ecclesiastical and societal milieus, takes on fundamental significance. The activities of the EvAKiZ are an attempt to preserve this historicity of these circumstances of recent German history in the memory, under consideration of the role of Christianity and the Church. In this context, recent research activities at EvAKiZ have also extended to the era of the 1960s and 1970s which had such a profound impact on our society.
Only the awareness of our own identity as the consequence of past events and the ability to interpret this identity will enable us to shape the present and forge the future with success and with responsibility.