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statusNot funded
Giornata della memoria 2024
start date2023-11-20
end date2024-03-08
budget (local currency)11160 EUR
amount requested (USD)11950 USD
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionNWE
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 1
organization (if applicable)Task Force Studio dell'Olocausto

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Task Force Studio dell'Olocausto
Do you have any approved General Support Fund requests? (required)
No, it is my first time applying for a General Support Fund
You are applying as a(n). (required)
Group of individuals not registered with an organization
Are your group or organization legally registered in your country? (required)
Do you have a fiscal sponsor?
Fiscal organization name.

Main proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be a title for the Meta-Wiki page. (required)
Giornata della memoria 2024
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
2.1. For how many years of multi-year funding are you applying? (required)
2.2. Provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan? (required)


3. Proposed start date. (required)
4. Proposed end date. (required)
5. Does your organization or group have an Affiliate or Organizational Annual Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
6. Does your affiliate, organization or group have a Strategic Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
7. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)
8. What are your programs, approaches, and strategies? What are the challenges that you are trying to address and how will your strategies support you in addressing these challenges? (required)

Our programs, approaches, and strategies for January 27th, 2024, are centered around shedding light on the experiences of Jehovah's Witnesses, a religious minority who demonstrated remarkable resilience and unwavering principles during Nazi Germany's oppressive regime. Despite facing grave challenges, they steadfastly refused to participate in military service or salute the Nazi flag, attributing their salvation to a higher purpose.

Program Overview:

Editathon for Missing Biographies: One of our key initiatives is to conduct an editathon focused on creating biographies of Jehovah's Witnesses who lived during the Nazi era. This effort seeks to address the current gap in our encyclopedia's coverage of this important historical period. By the end of the editathon, we aim to have enriched our encyclopedia with well-researched entries, making it a more valuable resource for readers interested in this topic. Through this approach, we honor the resilience and sacrifices of the Jehovah's Witness community.

Exhibition at the Memorial Museum: In collaboration with the Memorial Museum, we plan to host an exhibition comprising 40 informative panels. These panels will be open to the public and serve as an educational tool to raise awareness about the Jehovah's Witnesses' history during the Holocaust. Our specially trained Wikipedian guides will be on hand to provide context and explanations to visitors. Our primary objective is to encourage visitors not only to learn about this crucial period but also to take concrete steps toward supporting Wikimedia projects. We hope to inspire them to join our association and actively contribute to Wikipedia, sharing their knowledge and insights on various subjects.

Academic Conference on the Shoah: As part of our efforts to bridge the gap between Wikimedia projects and the academic community, we are organizing a conference featuring three prominent historians specializing in the Holocaust. These scholars, Marcello Pezzetti and Claudio Vercelli from Italy, and Detlef Garbe from Germany, are not only renowned in their field but also have articles in the Italian Wikipedia, emphasizing their commitment to disseminating knowledge. The conference, open to the public, aims to demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between our encyclopedia and academia. By showcasing the contributions of these respected historians, we underline the reliability and credibility of the sources used in our Wikimedia projects. This collaboration between academia and Wikimedia enhances the overall quality of information available to our readers.

Challenges Addressed: Our initiatives address several significant challenges:

Historical Gap in Wikipedia: The lack of comprehensive coverage on the experiences of Jehovah's Witnesses during Nazi Germany is a historical gap in Wikipedia. By conducting the editathon and creating missing biographies, we aim to rectify this oversight, providing a more thorough and accurate representation of history.

Public Engagement: Engaging the public is vital for the success of our mission. The exhibition at the Memorial Museum and the guided tours are designed to captivate visitors and encourage them to become active participants in Wikimedia projects. By involving the public, we hope to foster a sense of responsibility and shared ownership of our collective history.

Academic Collaboration: Collaborating with esteemed historians in the field of Holocaust studies helps bridge the gap between Wikipedia and academia. This partnership ensures that the information we provide is not only accessible but also academically rigorous, reinforcing the credibility of our Wikimedia projects.

In conclusion, our programs, approaches, and strategies for January 27th, 2024, aim to honor the resilience of Jehovah's Witnesses during Nazi Germany, fill historical gaps on Wikipedia, engage the public, and strengthen the academic connections that enrich the quality of information on our Wikimedia projects. We are committed to creating a more inclusive and comprehensive historical record for the benefit of all.

9. What categories are your main programs and related activities under? Please select all that apply. (required)
Category Yes/No
Education No
Culture, heritage or GLAM Yes
Gender and diversity Yes
Community support and engagement Yes
Participation in campaigns and contests No
Public policy advocacy No
Other No

Culture, heritage or GLAM

9.2. Select all your programs and activities for Culture, heritage or GLAM. (required)
Supporting institutions to open up their collections, data, metadata, and research, Supporting GLAM professionals to incorporate use of Wikimedia in their work, through documentation, training, or Wikimedian in Residence programs, Partnering with institutions, professional associations, and allied organizations to raise awareness of open culture, ethical sharing, and related issues
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Gender and diversity

9.3. Select all your programs and activities for Gender and diversity.
Focusing on creating content about marginalized (underrepresented) communities and their knowledge, Focusing on knowledge equity by bringing in contributors from underrepresented communities
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Community support and engagement

9.4. Select all your programs and activities for Community support and engagement.
On-wiki training of community members, Off-wiki training of community members, Organizing meetups, conferences, and community events, Supporting community members' participation in events and conferences
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
  • First press campaign 20th November
  • Exhibition set-up begins 30th November
  • Second press campaign 20th January
  • Start of online editathon 22th January
  • End of exhibition setup 25th January
  • Third press campaign 26th January
  • Conference 27th January
  • Editathon 27th January
  • Exhibition 27-31th January
  • Dismantling exhibition 1st February
  • End of online editathon 29th February
  • Metric reporting 7th March
  • End of press campaign 8th March
11. Describe your team. (required)
12. Will you be working with any internal (Wikimedia) or external partners? Describe the characteristics of these partnerships and bring a few examples of the most significant partnerships. (required)

We are proud to maintain longstanding and mutually beneficial partnerships with a variety of esteemed organizations and associations. Over the years, these partnerships have played a crucial role in shaping the success of our initiatives. Notably, we have cultivated enduring collaborations with:

The Municipality of Milan: Our enduring partnership with the Municipality of Milan stands as a testament to our commitment to community engagement. Together, we have worked tirelessly to foster an environment conducive to cultural enrichment and education.

House of Memory: Our partneship with the House of Memory underscores our shared dedication to preserving historical narratives and ensuring that the lessons of the past are passed on to future generations. This collaboration has enabled us to create meaningful exhibitions and events that contribute to a broader understanding of our collective history.

Shoah Memorial: Our partnership with the Shoah Memorial is a poignant reminder of our responsibility to commemorate and educate about the Holocaust's tragic events. Through this alliance, we aim to promote awareness, tolerance, and remembrance.

Figli della Shoah: is an organization created and run by descendants of Holocaust survivors. This association aims to preserve the memory of the events of the Holocaust and to commemorate the victims, but it also has an important role in educating people about the tragedies of the Holocaust and promoting tolerance and understanding between different communities.

Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (CDEC): an Italian organization based in Milan, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the historical and cultural memory of Italian Jews during the contemporary period. This foundation plays a significant role in document archiving, historical research, education and the dissemination of knowledge about Jewish history and culture in Italy, with a particular focus on the periods relating to the Holocaust and the events of the 20th century.

The National Association of Political Deportees (Red Triangles): an Italian organization that represents and supports individuals who were persecuted and deported due to their political beliefs during the period of the fascist and Nazi regime in Italy. The name "Red Triangles" refers to the classification used by the Nazis to identify political prisoners in concentration camps, distinguishing them with a red triangle on their uniforms.

ANPI: National Association of Partisans of Italy," is an Italian organization that represents and commemorates Italian partisans, those who opposed the fascist regime and the Nazi occupation forces during World War II. Their assistance extends far beyond words; they have generously provided us with a treasure trove of historical resources, including a vast collection of photographs, documents, and other crucial materials. Their commitment to preserving the memory of the partisan resistance during World War II and their willingness to share these valuable assets have greatly enriched our efforts.

Additionally, we are honored to have the support and collaboration of the following associations:

Wikimedia Italia - Italian Chapter of Wikimedia Foundation: The partnership with Wikimedia Italia demonstrates our commitment to promoting open knowledge and the principles of free access to information. Together, we have furthered the cause of open culture and enriched the Wikimedia ecosystem.

WikiDonne: It is a Wikimedia User Group is a dedicated community of individuals passionately committed to advancing gender equality and diversity within the broader context of the wiki movement. Their mission goes beyond addressing gender disparities; they actively engage with a multitude of dimensions of diversity, including but not limited to geographical, cultural, linguistic, generational, gender-based, attitudinal, and ability-related aspects.

Pro Cultura Aperta: Our collaboration with Pro Cultura Aperta underscores our dedication to advancing open culture initiatives. This association actively promotes the values of openness, inclusivity, and collaboration in cultural and educational realms.

These enduring partnerships form the cornerstone of our efforts to create impactful events and exhibitions that engage, educate, and inspire diverse audiences. Together, we work towards a future where knowledge, culture, and history are accessible to all.

13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Innovate in Free Knowledge


Wikimedia Metrics[edit]

14. Please select and fill out Wikimedia Metrics for your proposal. (recommended)
14.1. Number of participants, editors, and organizers.

All metrics provided are optional, please fill them out if they are aligned with your programs and activities.

Participants, editors, and organizers
Metrics name Target Description
Number of all participants 20600 Taking into account our previous experiences and historical attendance data, we anticipate that approximately 30,000 individuals will actively engage and participate in the upcoming exhibition. Our past events have consistently drawn substantial crowds, and the enthusiasm and interest from our community continue to grow, giving us confidence in this estimate. We are fully prepared to accommodate and provide a meaningful experience for this large and diverse audience.

The aim is to ensure that these individuals become not only informed about the historical significance of the Shoah and the enduring contributions of the Jewish community but also gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic efforts undertaken by Wikipedia and its vibrant movement. By engaging with Wikipedia, they will be exposed to the multifaceted initiatives employed to raise awareness about the Shoah and champion the cause of free culture on a broader scale.

Number of all editors 120 Out of the 15 dedicated editors who have confirmed their participation, the remaining contributors are poised to join our ranks remotely. The online editathon is set to commence on January 22nd, strategically positioned to facilitate meticulous preparations leading up to the pivotal day of January 27th. The 27th will serve as a focal point for our in-person editathon, yet the online component is anticipated to witness significant engagement.

However, in cognizance of the enduring value derived from sustained commitment, the online editathon will extend its activities, nurturing a dynamic and all-encompassing environment conducive to collaborative editing and content creation. This continuous effort will persist until its culmination on February 28th, affording contributors an extensive window of opportunity to actively participate, share their wealth of knowledge, and leave a lasting imprint on the expansive repository of information available. We believe that this extended timeline will foster a deeper sense of community and further enrich the quality and breadth of our collective contributions.

Number of new editors 60
Number of retained editors 20
Number of all organizers 21 This event boasts a dynamic team of organizers, a necessity driven by the sheer magnitude of activities and the diverse range of individuals involved. Our organizing committee comprises a total of 25 dedicated individuals, each bringing their unique expertise to the table. 20 among them possess substantial prior experience gained from their involvement in our group's past events or from their contributions to other noteworthy initiatives organized by Wikimedia in Italy. This wealth of collective experience not only ensures the seamless execution of the event but also enriches our planning and execution processes with valuable insights and best practices.
Number of new organizers 10
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 250 300
Wikimedia Commons 1000
Wikidata 100
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikinews 4
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

Other Metrics[edit]

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target
Participants in the exhibition N/A 20000
Participants in the conference N/A 600


16. Will you have any other revenue sources when implementing this proposal (e.g. other funding, membership contributions, donations)? (required)
16.1. List other revenue sources. (required)
  • Municipality of Milan 1,325.00 EUR
  • Shoah Memorial of Milan 500.00 EUR
16.2. Approximately how much revenue will you have from other sources in your local currency? (required)
17. Your local currency. (required)
18. What is the total requested amount in your local currency? (required)
11160 EUR
19. What is the total requested amount in US dollars? (required)
11950 USD
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency) Amount USD
Year 1 N/A EUR N/A USD
Year 2 N/A EUR N/A USD
Year 3 N/A EUR N/A USD
20. Does this proposal include compensation for staff or contractors? (required)
20.1. How many paid staff members do you plan to have? (required)

Include the number of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include them separately and mention their terms.

20.2. How many FTEs (full-time equivalents) in total? (required)

Include the total FTE of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include their FTEs with the terms separately.

20.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
21. Please provide an overview of your overall budget categories in your local currency. The budget breakdown should include only the amount requested with this General Support Fund (required).
Budget category Amount in local currency
Staff and contactor costs 0 EUR
Operational costs 11160 EUR
Programmatic costs 11160 EUR
22. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

Additional information[edit]

23. In this optional space you can add any other additional information about your proposal or organization that you think can help us when reviewing your proposal. (optional)

These are articles on italian newspapers about our old events:

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