Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/Giornata della memoria 2024 (ID: 22395095)

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Giornata della memoria 2024
proposed start date2014-01-27
proposed end date2024-12-31
grant start date2024-01-27T00:00:00Z
grant end date2024-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)4720 EUR
budget (USD)4988 USD
amount recommended (USD)4999
grant typeIndividual
funding regionNWE
decision fiscal year2023-24
applicant• fcarbonara
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Main Proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.

Giornata della memoria 2024

2. and 3. Proposed start and end dates for the proposal.

2014-01-27 - 2024-12-31

4. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)


5. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign, project, or event? If so, please select the relevant project or campaign. (required)

Not applicable

6. What is the change you are trying to bring? What are the main challenges or problems you are trying to solve? Describe this change or challenges, as well as main approaches to achieve it. (required)

The change that the program is trying to bring is centered around shedding light on the experiences of Jehovah's Witnesses during Nazi Germany's oppressive regime. The main challenges and problems it is trying to solve include:

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

Public Engagement: Engaging the public is vital for the success of the 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. The program aims 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 provided is not only accessible but also academically rigorous, reinforcing the credibility of Wikimedia projects.

The main approaches to achieve this change and address these challenges include:

Conducting an editathon to create biographies of Jehovah's Witnesses who lived during the Nazi era, enriching Wikipedia's coverage of this historical period. Hosting an exhibition at the Memorial Museum with informative panels to educate the public about the Jehovah's Witnesses' history during the Holocaust. Organizing an academic conference featuring prominent historians specializing in the Holocaust to highlight the symbiotic relationship between Wikimedia projects and academia. In summary, the program's main goal is to honor the resilience of Jehovah's Witnesses during Nazi Germany, fill historical gaps on Wikipedia, engage the public, and strengthen academic connections to enhance the quality of information on Wikimedia projects. It aims to create a more inclusive and comprehensive historical record for the benefit of all.

7. What are the planned activities? (required) Please provide a list of main activities. You can also add a link to the public page for your project where details about your project can be found. Alternatively, you can upload a timeline document. When the activities include partnerships, include details about your partners and planned partnerships.

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.

Other Exhibitions in Italy: The exhibition scheduled for January 2024 at the "Memorial of the Shoah" in Milan will be replicated at the "Foundation Museum of the Shoah in Rome" (Foundation Museum of the Shoah - Rome) and at the "National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah" in Ferrara (National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah - MEIS), as well as at the "Primo Levi International Study Center" in Turin (Primo Levi | Centro Internazionale di Studi Primo Levi).

Additionally, we are in contact with various Italian universities and higher-level schools to take the exhibition on an itinerant tour for a week in cities such as Ancona, Naples, Bari, Palermo, and Cagliari. This means that the exhibition will have an impact on various Italian regions, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

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.

Our experience with exhibitions, including one we organized in 2020 about the Rom (see Wikipedia:Raduni/Edit-a-thon al Memoriale della Shoah 2020 - Wikipedia), which even featured images taken by RAI (italian national broadcaster) in two editions (the Italian national television network), has highlighted the fundamental importance of photo formats accompanied by relevant captions.

All exhibitions held at the Memoriale della Shoah in Milan are created using panels of a minimum size of 50 x 50 or 50 x 70 centimeters, sometimes even larger. For our exhibition on the Jehovah's Witnesses, we have opted for a larger format, a choice endorsed and recommended by the Memoriale della Shoah itself (which will host both the exhibition and our editathon with the conference), as compared to the A3 format (29.7 x 42 centimeters) used in our previous exhibition about the Rom in 2020.

This decision represents an advancement from the A3 format and is driven by both the preference of the Memoriale and their recommendation. The size of panels and images with captions is a critical factor to ensure a greater visual and informational impact during the exhibition, effectively conveying messages and information to the audience.

Our main goal is to achieve a positive response, both in terms of participation from Wikimedia members and in engaging new Wikipedia contributors. We anticipate a total of approximately 200,000 visitors. The expected expenditure, which we are requesting, also includes the production of a brochure that will provide detailed information about the exhibition and explain the objectives of Wikipedia and Wikimedia, along with relevant addresses for further information and donations to support Wikimedia.

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.

8. Describe your team. Please provide their roles, Wikimedia Usernames and other details. (required) Include more details of the team, including their roles, usernames, Wikimedia group, and whether they are salaried, volunteers, consultants/contractors, etc. Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project.
9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities? (required)

Target Participants: The target participants for this program include:

Wikipedia Editors and Contributors: Individuals who are interested in history, particularly the history of Jehovah's Witnesses during Nazi Germany, and who are willing to contribute to Wikipedia.

General Public: Visitors to the Memorial Museum interested in learning about this historical period and its significance.

Academics and Historians: Those interested in Holocaust studies and the collaboration between academia and Wikimedia.

Engagement Before and During Activities:

Wikipedia Editors and Contributors:

Pre-Activity Engagement: Engage potential Wikipedia editors and contributors through Wikimedia communities, forums, and social media. Announce the editathon, provide information on its purpose and goals, and invite them to participate. During Activity Engagement: Provide clear guidelines and resources for participants. Host virtual or in-person workshops and training sessions to help them create and edit biographies effectively. Encourage communication and collaboration among participants through dedicated online platforms or discussion pages. General Public:

Pre-Activity Engagement: Promote the exhibition and guided tours through various channels, such as social media, the Memorial Museum's website, and local news outlets. Share information about the historical significance and objectives of the exhibition. During Activity Engagement: Train Wikipedian guides to provide context and explanations to visitors during the exhibition. Offer interactive elements, Q&A sessions, and encourage visitors to explore Wikimedia projects during their visit. Academics and Historians:

Pre-Activity Engagement: Reach out to the academic community through academic institutions, professional networks, and relevant conferences. Share information about the academic conference, its goals, and the role of academia in enhancing Wikimedia projects. During Activity Engagement: Ensure that the academic conference is well-structured and promotes discussion and collaboration. Encourage academics to share their expertise and knowledge during the conference. Follow-up with Participants:

Wikipedia Editors and Contributors:

After the editathon, continue to provide support and resources for ongoing Wikipedia contributions. Encourage participants to stay engaged and continue contributing to related topics.

General Public:

After the exhibition, maintain a connection with visitors through newsletters, social media, and the Memorial Museum's communication channels. Encourage them to explore Wikimedia projects and consider becoming contributors. Academics and Historians:

After the academic conference, follow up with participants to thank them for their contributions and highlight the impact of their collaboration with Wikimedia. Encourage continued involvement and contributions to Wikimedia projects or academic partnerships. In all cases, feedback mechanisms, surveys, and evaluations should be utilized to gather insights from participants on their experiences and suggestions for improvement. The follow-up process should aim to sustain and expand engagement while ensuring that participants feel valued and connected to the program's mission.

10. Does your project involve work with children or youth? (required)


10.1. Please provide a link to your Youth Safety Policy. (required) If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, you are required to outline compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provide a youth safety policy aligned with these laws. Read more here.


11. How did you discuss the idea of your project with your community members and/or any relevant groups? Please describe steps taken and provide links to any on-wiki community discussion(s) about the proposal. (required) You need to inform the community and/or group, discuss the project with them, and involve them in planning this proposal. You also need to align the activities with other projects happening in the planned area of implementation to ensure collaboration within the community.

Our initiative is the result of a very close-knit group of contributors who have dedicated years of effort to writing and improving articles related to the Holocaust on Wikipedia. The Day of Remembrance is a date of fundamental significance, established in Italy several years ago to commemorate the victims of the Nazi concentration camps.

Our group organizes a special editathon on this day every year since 2018, with the aim of honoring the memory of the victims and spreading knowledge about this tragic period in history. This year, given the circumstances, we considered it natural and necessary to continue this tradition.

Our community is well-established, and we know each other by name, both on Wikipedia and through other communication channels such as Telegram and the telephone. I, Francesco Carbonara, proposed this initiative in collaboration with other members of the group. The proposal was enthusiastically received and unanimously approved. Now, this day and the annual editathon have become a fixed event on the Wikipedia calendar in Milan in January.

As for on-wiki discussions, we are currently working to create a dedicated project page where we will share the details of the editathon and provide a reference point for the interested Wikipedia community. We believe that collaboration with other initiatives related to the Holocaust and the Day of Remembrance is essential to ensure greater impact and community involvement.

12. Does your proposal aim to work to bridge any of the content knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

13. Does your proposal include any of these areas or thematic focus? Select one option that most applies to your work. (required)

Gender and diversity

14. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select one option that most apply to your work. (required)

Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background

15. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select one that most applies. (required)

Provide for Safety and Inclusion

Learning and metrics[edit]

17. What do you hope to learn from your work in this project or proposal? (required)

Community Engagement and Participation: Assess the level of engagement and participation from the Wikimedia community, academics, and the general public in the various project activities. Identify factors that have influenced or hindered community engagement and participation.

Content Improvement and Expansion: Determine how many new biographies and articles related to Shoah during the Nazi era have been created or improved as a result of the project. Measure the project's contribution to filling the historical gap in Wikipedia's coverage of this topic.

Academic Collaboration and Credibility: Evaluate the extent to which the academic conference has bridged the gap between Wikimedia projects and academia and its impact on the credibility of Wikipedia's content in this area. Examine whether scholars and historians have become more actively involved in contributing to Wikipedia articles.

Public Perceptions and Involvement: Explore the public's perceptions of the exhibition and guided tours at the Memorial Museum and their influence on public involvement in Wikimedia projects. Assess whether visitors have taken concrete steps to support Wikimedia projects or contribute as editors.

Community Collaboration and Synergy: Determine how effectively the project has collaborated with other initiatives or projects in the area of implementation, such as those related to Holocaust studies or the Day of Remembrance. Identify lessons that can be learned from community collaboration and synergies for future projects.

18. What are your Wikimedia project targets in numbers (metrics)? (required)
Number of participants, editors, and organizers
Other Metrics Target Optional description
Number of participants 200000 Taking into account our previous experiences and historical attendance data, we anticipate that approximately 20,000 individuals will actively engage and participate in the upcoming main exhibition in Milan.

Taking into account the other exhibitions planned across Italy in 2023, which will raise awareness among citizens about the issues related to the Holocaust, disseminate information about Wikipedia-related topics, and encourage greater awareness of Wikimedia and the act of writing, we estimate that we will engage an audience of approximately 200,000 people. 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 editors 60 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 organizers 25 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 content contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Number of content created or improved
Wikipedia 550
Wikimedia Commons 1000
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikinews 4
Wikifunctions or Abtsract Wikipedia
Optional description for content contributions.

250 new articles on Wikipedia 300 articles improved on Wikipedia this is based on our previous events and participations

19. Do you have any other project targets in numbers (metrics)? (optional)


Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
20. What tools would you use to measure each metrics? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support. (required)

The main tool used for editathon is:

Other metrics: Participants in the exhibition 200,000 Participants in the conference 600

Financial proposal[edit]

21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

22. and 22.1. What is the amount you are requesting for this proposal? Please provide the amount in your local currency. (required)

4720 EUR

22.2. Convert the amount requested into USD using the Oanda converter. This is done only to help you assess the USD equivalent of the requested amount. Your request should be between 500 - 5,000 USD.

4988 USD

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