Tschiche Democracy Award

The Hans-Jochen-Tschiche-Democracy-Award

for the promotion of engagement, democracy and parliamentarism.

In honor of our long-time honorary chairman Hans-Jochen Tschiche, Alliance 90/The Greens of Saxony-Anhalt are offering the Hans-Jochen Tschiche Memorial Award for the promotion of commitment, democracy and parliamentarianism.

Hans-Jochen Tschiche was particularly concerned with strengthening democratic actors in civil society, parliamentarianism and supporting victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence.

The award

The Tschiche Democracy Award honors people and initiatives that have shown outstanding commitment to an open, diverse and democratic society in Saxony-Anhalt.

Work against racism, anti-Semitism and all other forms of group-based hostility that lead to discrimination, exclusion and violence are the focus of this award.

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by a six-member jury (consisting of representatives of Hans-Jochen Tschiches’ family and Miteinander e. V., the Heinrich Böll Foundation Saxony-Anhalt and Alliance 90/The Greens Saxony-Anhalt).

Price criteria

Potential award winners can apply themselves or be proposed by all people living in the state of Saxony-Anhalt and democratic associations and initiatives active here.

Prize candidates should be active in at least one of these areas:

  • combating racism and right-wing extremism 
  • supporting victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence
  • strengthening and supporting democratic structures
  • youth participation and education
  • the integration of refugees and migrants

Applications and proposals can be submitted until January 31, 2023.

Apply now or suggest someone

Applications or suggestions can be submitted by e-mail, post or via form up to and including January 31, 2023 and should include a meaningful text that describes the (own) work well.

Postal adress:
Jury Demokratiepreis
Otto-von-Guericke-Str. 65
39104 Magdeburg

Prize and award ceremony

The Hans-Jochen-Tschiche-Memorial Prize is endowed with a cash prize of 1,000 euros.
The prize will be awarded and presented to the winner(s) at a separate event.

The legal process is excluded.

Hans-Jochen Tschiche

* November 10, 1929 | † June 25, 2015

 One of the last public photos shows Hans-Jochen Tschiche sitting in front of a bookshelf, in which gardening guides, art picture books, philosophical writings and theological works are lined up. The picture reveals Hans-Jochen Tschiche as someone who, as a Christian, theologian, civil rights activist and politician, constantly tested reality against what he stood for: democratic conflict, responsibility and solidarity. Hans-Jochen Tschiche cultivated these virtues regardless of office or mandate. It was his attitude. He had a keen sense of when the rights of minorities were in trouble, and he stood up for them. In doing so, he did not only make friends. When he campaigned for the rights of two former sex offenders in Insel, this earned him a variety of hostility, which he calmly rejected.

Hans-Jochen Tschiche was an encourager in a despondent time. In the late 1980s of the GDR, he and people from the oppositional peace and environmental movements sought ways out of social stagnation. In seminars and samizdat magazines, he demanded what others did not even dare to think: a radical democratization of society. As a founding member of the New Forum, he provided impetus for a renewal of the GDR. Tschiche had already swum against the tide before. He had criticized the suppression of the Prague Spring and supported the protest against Wolf Biermann’s expatriation.

A few years later, Tschiche was the leader of the Green parliamentary group in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt when asylum seekers’ shelters were attacked and migrants were hounded by neo-Nazis. Tschiche was not satisfied with the response of consternation. His parliamentary group commissioned a study on the manifestations of right-wing extremism in Saxony-Anhalt and called for a social debate on the subject.

After the DVU’s election success in Saxony-Anhalt, this debate became more urgent and broader. Hans-Jochen Tschiche, together with the two parties supporting the state government at the time, the SPD and the PDS, facilitated a genuine dialogue between civil society initiatives and politics on how to push back right-wing extremism and the arduous grassroots work of democratizing society. Many people were involved with their ideas in this process, which led to the founding of the association „Miteinander“: Social scientists, activists, politicians, trade unionists as well as representatives of the churches. For more than fifteen years, from 1999 to 2014, Hans-Jochen Tschiche led the association as chairman of the board through many storms and accompanied our profiling. „Miteinander e.V.“ profited from his experience, his composure and his ability to deal with conflict.

Out of the Obituary of Nachruf von Miteinander e. V., which has been co-foundet by Tschiche.

Hans-Jochen Tschiche

Previous award winners

2022: Razak Minhel
For almost 30 years, Razak Minhel has been working for a tolerant, diverse, democratic society with his ideas, all his energy, assertiveness and great commitment. He is a co-founder of the Multikulturelles Zentrum Dessau e. V. (MKZ), one of the very first migrant organizations in Saxony-Anhalt. He created a place of counseling and support for people with migration history, a place to get to know and exchange different religions, cultures and political views. Learn more

2019: „Oschersleben ist bunt“ aswell as Susanna and Markus Nierth
The initiative “Oschersleben ist bunt” consists of committed, young people who organize themselves under high personal commitment. They shape their living environment for themselves and others and support refugees as well as victims of right-wing violence. Learn more

Susanna and Markus Nierth are ambassadors of the “Alliance for Democracy and Tolerance against Extremism and Violence”. In spite of personal threats, the couple gives courage for the commitment against right-wing extremism and for our modern democracy. Learn more

2017: „Buntes Roßlau“
The initiative “Buntes Roßlau” (2017 award winner) was founded in 2015 in response to xenophobic marches in Roßlau. With changing comrades-in-arms, they organize meetings, an annual rock festival or charity events such as “Christmas in a Shoebox” in 2016 or a Christmas dinner for the needy in 2017. The initiators had to endure repeated attacks against their home and constant hostility such as demonstrations in front of their house.. Learn more