In Krzyżowa, more than 100 participants of the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Forum tackled this topic on the second weekend of October. The Robert Bosch Foundation has been supporting international knowledge and the development of civil society in Eastern Europe for decades, through various educational programmes and promoting international meetings and exchanges. The alumni network gave rise to the MitOst association, which co-organised the weekend. It was no coincidence that the meeting took place in Krzyżowa. Particularly in the 2000s, many seminars took place here and some of the staff and board members of the Krzyżowa Foundation are alumni of the Bosch Foundation's programmes and members of MitOst. For many participants it was a reunion with Krzyżowa.
On a conversation with history witness Helmuth Caspar von Moltke in Frankfurt am Main on 02.09.2022
While the bells of Frankfurt Cathedral were ringing outside, one could feel the end of an era in the lecture theatre of Haus am Dom. The peace order that had been worked on in Europe for so long seemed to have come to an end because of Russia's war with Ukraine, even if it still takes time for us to realise this. This was the gloomy analysis of Dr Robert Zurek who opened his talk with an eyewitness, Helmuth Caspar von Moltke - son of Freya and Helmuth James von Moltke, co-founders of the Kreisau Circle. Helmuth Caspar's father, was murdered by the Nazis in 1945 along with 7 other members for civil resistance.
80 years after the first two major meetings of the Krzyzowa Circle, questions were asked in Frankfurt am Main about the validity of the legacy. PhD Anna Quirin, director of the Freya von Moltke Foundation, spoke to Helmuth Caspar von Moltke about his childhood and his memories of life in Krzyżowa and the meetings of the Krzyżowa Circle in the House on the Hill.
Archbishop Alfons Nossol, Professor of Dogmatic Theology, retired Ordinary of Opole, a great ecumenist, advocate of dialogue, member of the Council of Honour and a great friend of the Krzyżowa Foundation, celebrated his 90th birthday on 08.08.2022.
On 12 November 1989, he celebrated a mass at Krzyżowa, which was a milestone in the process of German-Polish reconciliation.
To honour the Archbishop's services, a German-Polish discussion took place at the invitation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation at the Palace in Kamień Śląski on 05.09.2022. with the Archbishop, led by PhD Annemarie Franke, who is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Krzyżowa Foundation, and Prof. Dr Waldemar Czachur, Chairman of the Foundation Board.
Between 23 and 26 June 2022, the founders and donors of the Freya von Moltke Foundation were hosted in Krzyżowa. After a two-year break due to a pandemic, members of the Krzyżowa network felt the need to finally visit Krzyżowa again and exchange new ideas.
In terms of content, the programme of our guests' visit was dominated by the theme of 'war and flight', both in a current and historical context.
Our temporary exhibition depicting the westward shift of Poland was also presented. In conversation with political scientist Bartek Ostrowski and PhD Robert Żurek, the Polish approach to the war in Ukraine was also discussed.