Commemoration and remembrance Due to its background and origins, the Democracy and Media Foundation values remembering and commemorating times in (Dutch) history when fundamental rights were violated. Times when there was no freedom or equality. To expose totalitarian tendencies and to prevent threats to the constitutional state, it is important to identify the lessons that are to be learned from the past and to apply these to the present. Therefore, the Democracy and Media Foundation supports initiatives that contribute to making and keeping relevant those events from the past when fundamental rights and freedoms were at stake; always with a link to the present. Within the pillar commemoration and remembrance the Democracy and Media Foundation prioritizes initiatives that pay attention to: the history of resistance newspaper Het Parool; events during the Second World War; the history of Dutch slavery and colonialism; opposition against a totalitarian reign in general sense.