21st Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers

Morning Panel Discussion - What Needs to Be Done? Thoughts and Experiences for the Protection of Pluralistic Society


Anetta Kahane


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Anetta Kahane is chairwoman of the board of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation. She grew up in East Berlin and worked as a scholar of Latin American studies in the GDR. As the first and only Commissioner for Foreigners of the Magistrate of East Berlin, she urgently warned about the dangers of right-wing extremism. In 1991, she founded the RAA e.V. for the new German federal states (regional workplaces for education, integration, and democracy). As its managing director, she dedicated herself to democratisation processes in schools and to intercultural education, among other things. In 1991, together with other personalities as Joachim Gauck, who represent the peaceful revolution and self-liberation of the former GDR, she received the Theodor Heuss Medal. In 1998, Kahane founded the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, serving as its chairwoman of the board of trustees. She has been the full-time chairwoman of the foundation since 2003. Additionally, she is a member of the board of trustees of the Theodor Heuss Foundation. Kahane was awarded the Moses Mendelssohn Prize of the state of Berlin in the summer of 2002.