We about us
Our project started life in the mid eighties as the Antifa-Pressearchiv (Antifascist Press Archive) at Papiertiger, a leftwing archive in Kreuzberg. In the early nineties we set up our own association and moved out because we needed bigger premises. The project now occupies an entire floor at 10 Lausitzerstrasse.
What we do…
Combating the new and growing strength of extreme rightwing ideologies requires determination, creativity and knowhow. We offer a wide range of material shedding light on different aspects of rightwing extremism and providing counter-arguments.
Our core work is managing an extensive archive and providing training on the relevant themes (see below). We also initiate projects and have focused, in particular, on promoting and linking up initiatives against racism, antisemitism and neofascism. We are a member of Verein Argumente - Netzwerk von antirassistischer Bildung e.V., a network of antirascist/antifascist initiatives covering the whole of Germany. But we also cooperate closely elsewhere with antifascist youth groups, training bodies, trade unions and cultural projects. Our partners include:
…and who for
What we offer is aimed at everyone confronted with far-right violence, organised neofascism, racist attacks or the dissemination of nationalist and hate-based ideologies.
Our wide-ranging work is done on a voluntary basis, which is why we ask for a donation if you use our services. Anyone who wishes to support our project on an ongoing basis can become a contributing member. Donations to our non-profit-making association are tax refundadable.
Our main activity, underpinning everything else that we do, is running an extensive archive, one of the biggest of its kind in Germany. We have, amongst other things, far-right and neofascist publications, videos and CDs. In addition to these primary sources, we have a database containing press articles dating back to the beginning of the nineties and an extensive library. And, in addition to these, we have antiracist and antifascist publications from all over Germany, Europe and the USA.
We also have specialist collections that we preserve and make available to the public:
Who we can help
Antifascist initiatives, trade unionists, journalists, scientists, teachers and members of political parties all use our archive. In addition, we regularly receive enquiries about rightwing extremism and the different aspects of our work.
Here are just a few examples of the very varied archive user groups:
Another cornerstone of apabiz’s work is providing political training on rightwing extremism. Our political course material enables interested parties to gain a comprehensive picture of far-right structures and ideologies. For years now, we have monitored developments in far-right parties and organisations, amongst militant neofascists, in the far-right and neofascist media and, in particular, the influence exerted over certain areas of youth culture, e.g. skinheads or Dark Wave. We hold seminars and workshops in schools and youthclubs, and provide public speakers and inhouse training courses.
In addition, we act as a contact point for speakers covering a wide
variety of themes relating to rightwing extremism and antifascism. Our
speakers catalogue includes more than 35 lectures and seminars on judaism
and antisemitism, neofascism, the New Right, student fraternities ("Burschenschaften"),
esoterica and paganism, far-right journalism, the internet, exiles’
associations, youth subcultures, racism and tips from practical experience.
Most of the lectures are suitable as evening talks and for all-day or
weekend seminars. We can tailor group seminars, school workshops, a series
of talks or a seminar week to specific needs.
Our newsletter, der monitor
Our most important publication is our newsletter, der Monitor, which
has appeared every two months since 2001. It consists of eight pages covering
rightwing activities and archive news. Contributing members receive a
copy free of charge; associations and institutions can subscribe to our
Not only institutions but anybody wishing to use apabiz’s services can opt for our infopackage in sizes S, M or L:
Further informations on the Infopackage. (in german)
Books and publications
In addition we are involved in several book projects, our staff members are publishing in various specialized periodicals. Examples:
More information to be found in our publications list. (in german)
It has never been easy for antifascist, grassroots initiatives working independently of government or party political requirements to fund their work. Our initiative can obtain funding from foundations or employment programmes for some individual training projects or events, but these account for just part of our work.
The project’s core task, apart from producing our own publications and cooperating with other antifascist structures - especially youth initiatives - is, above all, running our archive. This work is cost intensive, timeconsuming and lower profile, but nonetheless forms the basis of all our activities.
The sole sources of finance for our core work and running costs are donations and a permanent circle of contributing members. No staff posts are financed with these resources and, since work is done by volunteers, administrative costs are low.
It is only by means of financial support from individuals who know us and our work that we are able to continue with meaningful antifascist activism, independent of public or government pressure.
Becoming a contributing member
The main financial basis for our work is a solid circle of contributing members. Contributing members receive our newsletter every two months together with an inhouse supplement that informs you about new developments in our project. The minimum monthly contribution is 5 Euro. You automatically receive a certificate detailing your donation at the end of the year. You can become a contributing member:
Simply download the PDF file below, print it, fill it in and send it off. Organisations and businesses can also become contributing members although you must have a legal identity, for example as a registered association.
Download: apabiz Foerdermitglied.pdf (24kb)
You simply transfer your donation to our account (details below). Currently, donations worth up to 5 percent of your gross annual income are tax deductable in Germany. In order to issue you with a donor’s certificate, however, we do need you to give us some personal details. For donations of 100 Euro or less, all you need is proof of payment and the following declaration:
Donations in kind
Donations in kind are also highly welcome. Did Grandad leave you his World War II collection of periodicals for frontline soldiers? Has your son finally stopped hanging out with his group of rightwing mates? We will happily take material of this kind and will only make such literature - including rightwing material - available for scientific or explanatory purposes.
Or did you spend years working on these topics and now want the shelf space? Of course, we would much prefer you to carry on with your work, but our archive can make room for your material. If we receive more than one copy of the same item, we donate it to other training bodies.
We also take legacy papers, diaries, etc , which we manage in accordance with the donor’s wishes and make available to the public.
Donations in kind are also tax deductable and we can provide you with the requisite donation receipts!
Our data are available to any individual or initiative. Because our analysis and assessments depend on us knowing how rightwing extremism is developing on the ground and how it is being tackled, we are always interested in receiving your own assessments and news about your regional experiences. We would be happy to arrange a regular exchange of information with you or to put you on our mailing list.
The archive is open every Thursday between 15.00 and 19.00. You are welcome to contact us for an appointment outside these times. And you can always phone, write or email us with your enquiries outside our opening hours.
antifaschistisches pressearchiv und bildungszentrum berlin e.v. (apabiz)
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