Foundation

Foundation

As per January 1, 2008, the cross-state Point Alpha Foundation was founded with the aim of profiling the Point Alpha Memorial as a place of recollection of German partition, as well as the site of documentation and exploration of the Cold War in Europe. In addition to the maintenance and preservation of the memorial, the foundation sees the development of continuing educational and research work as one its primary responsibilities. With the appointment of the full-time board as per December 1, 2008 the foundation has became viable. It is sustained by the states of Hesse and Thuringia, the administrative district of Fulda and the district of Warburg, the Development Association of the Point Alpha Memorial, the city of Geisa and the municipality of Rasdorf. 

 
 
A place of commemoration and learning
 
As a non-profit foundation under civil law, the Point Alpha Foundation is dedicated not just to the preservation and maintenance of the memorial, but has also set as its goal the more intensive development of this unique site of remembrance of German partition as a place of learning. Specifically, it is primarily the younger generation that will be informed of everyday life in a real-socialist world, so as to illustrate the principles of operation and the scope of dictatorial structures, thus simultaneously also clarifying the achievements of democracy. For this purpose, the foundation will work together with the responsible Hessian and Thuringian authorities in developing appropriate offers for students and schools.
 
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The international perspective
By upholding the memory of the decades-long non-violent resistance against the Communist dictatorships in Central and Eastern Europe, the foundation also intends to counteract the increasing ‘glorification’ of this past and the associated creeping deterioration of democratic values. The prologue to the history of the peaceful revolution, with a view to the contribution of its European neighbors, will be one of the focal points of the foundation’s research work that is to be initiated and supported by the scientific advisory board currently being established.  
 
Point Alpha represents the inseparable connection between peace and freedom in Europe with the consummation of German unity in democratic self-fulfillment. No place in Germany is better suited to communicate this message than the site at which, for decades, the division of Germany, Europe and the world culminated in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation of the world power blocs.