The #everynamecounts challenge: Thank you, volunteers!

Many hundreds of people took part in #everynamecounts on and around International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Thank you for standing up for respect, diversity, and democracy.

We were especially pleased to have the support of Annalena Baerbock, who joined in and indexed documents for #everynamecounts. Floriane Azoulay, the Director of the Arolsen Archives, and Sonja Pösel, Project Manager for #everynamecounts, visited her at the Federal Foreign office and told her all about the crowdsourcing initiative.


Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin in January 2022 (Photo: 


#everynamecounts worldwide

36 German ambassadors around the world also took part in the #everynamecounts challenge and shared information about the project on social media. The ambassadors to Latvia, Argentina, and Panama are just a few of those who got involved.

Our corporate partner Accenture USA encouraged its employees to take part, and many of them donated some time to #everynamecounts, while the Berlin-based outdoor advertising company Wall helped us to raise awareness for #everynamecounts by providing outdoor advertising space all over Germany.

We would also like to thank the mayors of Berlin, Wiesbaden, Ludwigshafen, Neu-Ulm, Freiburg, Rostock, Düsseldorf, and Bremen, as well as the president of the state parliament in Düsseldorf, André Kuper – all of them pitched in and got involved in #everynamecounts too. We have also received support from a wide range of institutional partners, including the START Foundation and the Fritz Ascher Society, not forgetting the many private individuals who have joined in – building a digital memorial to the victims of National Socialism would be impossible without all of you.


André Kuper, President of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Düsseldorf Mayor Stephan Keller at #everynamecounts
Opening of the media installation in Düsseldorf

The media installation in Düsseldorf

A highlight: This year, the multi-media installation with names of victims of Nazi persecution is being shown on the facade of the North Rhine-Westphalian parliament building in Düsseldorf. It will remain on display there until February 6.

Stand up for respect, diversity, and democracy!

Working together, we managed to process a total of 21,385 documents in 48 hours. But there is still a lot to do! Although the challenge is over, you can continue to support #everynamecounts and help out whenever you like.


A poster motif from our “Stand up for respect, diversity and democracy” campaign


Our campaign “Stand up for respect, diversity, and democracy” is continuing too. Share your statements and tell us what you are doing to support our democracy. Over the coming weeks, we will be looking more closely at the reasons for persecution – because they are not history yet. Stay tuned!

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