History

Established during the height of the Cold War by Professor Dr. Georg Zundel, the Berghof Foundation can look back at a history of success. Peacebuilding in research, practice and education is now firmly rooted in Germany, with the Foundation having supported hundreds of projects and establishing several institutions.

Today, the Berghof Foundation unifies three previously independent institutions: the former Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies with its operational arm, Berghof Conflict Research; Berghof Peace Support; and the former Institute for Peace Education Tübingen. “Ten Milestones” mark major events and developments on the road to the Berghof Foundation of today.

1971

The Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies is founded by Georg Zundel as a private limited company with charitable tax-exempt status under German law. Initial support is provided for critical analyses of the arms race during the Cold War.

1977

The Foundation begins its support for the Association (later Institute) for Peace Education Tübingen.

1989

The Foundation establishes a research facility in Berlin, the Research Institute of the Berghof Foundation. Its emphasis is on altering the dynamics of the arms race. In 1993, it becomes the Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management (later Berghof Conflict Research), thus shifting its focus towards the resolution of ethno-political conflict.

1998

The groundwork is laid for the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation. Practical and theoretical research takes place in the Balkans and the Caucasus.

1999

The Association for Peace Education Tübingen is awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

2001

The Resource Network for Conflict Studies and Transformation begins its sustained programme of local work with the conflict parties in Sri Lanka.

2004

Berghof Peace Support is established to provide globally-oriented support for peace processes.

2005

Project work is extended to include resistance and liberation movements and former non-state armed groups. The network now spans 20 countries.

2007

The founder Georg Zundel dies. His family resolves to carry on the Foundation’s work.

2012

Three areas that had been operating independently – conflict research, peace support and peace education – are integrated into one new entity: the Berghof Foundation.

The name „Berghof Foundation“ is reminiscent of the former family home of its founder, Georg Zundel, in Tübingen. More information on the place and its history can be found in Georg Friedrich Zundel's Life / Work / Background.