Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES, Stiftung being the
German word for Foundation) was founded in 1925 as
a political legacy of Germany’s first
democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert.
In response to his own painful experience in
political confrontations, Ebert, a Social Democrat
who had risen to the highest political office in
his country from a humble craftsman’s background,
had proposed the establishment of a foundation
serving the following aims:
further the political and social education of
individuals from all areas of life in the spirit
of democracy and pluralism,
facilitate access to university education and to
help gifted young people by providing
contribute to the achievement of international
understanding and cooperation.
today, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, which was
banned by the Nazis in 1933 and re-established in
1947, continues to pursue these aims in all of its
extensive activities. As a private cultural
non-profit institution, it is committed to the
ideas and basic values of social democracy.
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