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Karlsruhe: City of Culture

Karlsruhe – City of Law and Justice

Germany's legal system is based on human and citizens' rights as inali­ena­ble requi­re­ments for living together in community. Karlsruhe is Germany's centre of law and therefore champions the cause of law and justice. The area of "law and justice" therefore has a special emphasis here and includes a cultural policy commitment that seeks to reinforce this major component in the self-image of our society. This slight shift of focus towards human and citizens' rights has created a range of new possi­bi­li­ties.


European City Charter

Inspired by Karls­ru­he's charter of privileges in 1715, the year of its foundation, this project focuses on Karlsruhe as a 21st-century European city.

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Road of Democracy

The Strasse der Demokra­tie  (Road of Democracy) is a community project between Germany's federal states, a joint venture that seeks to put the focus on Germany's traditions of freedom and democracy.

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European Coalition against Racism

On 16 October 2007 the City Council decided that Karlsruhe should join the European Coalition against Racism, an initiative of cities set up by UNESCO and the City of Nuremberg.

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Square of Constitutional Rights

Karls­ru­he's central Platz der Grund­rechte (Square of Consti­tu­tio­nal Rights) between Schloss­platz and Zirkel as well as 24 non-central locations in public spaces throughout the city carry a total of 48 statements on street signs by repre­sen­ta­ti­ves and citizens on justice and on violations of justice.

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Stumbling Stones by Gunter Demning

The Stolper­steine (Stumbling Stones) are a project by the Cologne artist Gunter Demnig. Houses that were once inhabited by Nazi victims are marked by brass plates on the pavement outside those houses, bearing the names and biogra­phi­cal details of those citizens.

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Memorial Book of Karlsruhe Jews

In 1933 Karlsruhe had 3,358 Jewish residents. Over a thousand of them were killed between 1933 and 1945. The Nazis wanted their names to be forgotten for ever, but they are now comme­mo­ra­ted in this book.

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