Event schedule

Please note that the schedule is constantly updated. 

Day 1 – Monday – July 8, 2019

Introduction to the CSA in Berlin

13:00 – 14:30

Registration

Registration at Holiday Inn Express Hotel. Participants will receive a welcome bag with necessary materials.

Check in to the hotel will be possible from 15:00. 

Participants will walk to the Cervantes Institute, our conference site (13 minutes walk, directions will be provided). 

15:00

Welcoming remarks

Welcome remarks by Centropa Team. Introduction of the German Jewish Source Book and theelective groups during this year’s CSA.

15:30

Herzlich wilkommen! Üdvözöljük! Sveiki! Welcome! – Getting to know one another

16:15

Screening the Centropa film of Rosa Rosenstein, a Berlin-born Jewish woman who lived through the turbulent times of Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich.

16:30

Coffee break

Elective groups meet for the first time.

17:30

Walking tour of Berlin’s Jewish quarter (Scheunenviertel) including personal stories from Centropa

19:30

Welcome dinner

21:00

Return to hotel

Day 2 – Tuesday – July 9, 2019

Jewish Life in Berlin – Past and Present

Location: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

08:30

Participants leave to conference venue

09:00

Welcome remark by KAS representative (tbc)

09:15

Screening of Centropa film Return to Rivne

Screening of Centropa film Return to Rivne, about two Jewish girls rescued by non-Jewish farmers during World War II – and their return to their hometown Rivne.

Followed by a presentation of a Ukrainian teacher who used the film in class. 

10:00

Coffee break

10:30

Elective group work

12:30

Screening of Centropa film Jewish Soldier's Red Star

Our film tells the story of Arnold Fabrikant from Odessa, who fought for the Red Army in World War II.

We will discuss the film with Mischa Gabowitsch of the Einstein Forum Potsdam.

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Excursion to the Soviet War Memorial in Treptow & German-Russian Museum Karlshorst

The vast Stalinist memorial park was built for the 55,000 Soviet soldiers that fell taking Berlin in 1945. The park also serves as a cemetery of 7000 soldiers. In the park, our guide will be Mischa Gabowitsch.


Later we visit the building where on 8 May 1945, the High Command of the German Wehrmacht signed a document of unconditional surrender in front of representatives of the four Allied powers in the main hall of the officers’mess of a Wehrmacht military engineering training facility. From 1945 to 1949 the building was the headquarters of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany. In 1994,  with the final withdrawal of the Russian troops the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst Association was established, and on 10 May 1995, for the 50th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe, the German Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst opened. In 2013 a newly conceived permanent exhibition was presented to the public.

Website: http://www.museum-karlshorst.de/

18:00

Bus transfer to hotel. Free evening.

Day 3 – Wednesday – July 10, 2019

Location: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

09:00

Interactive scavenger hunt of Berlin Mitte

11:00

We meet at Anhalter Bahnhof

We will read Kindertransport stories of Jewish children sent to England between 1938 and 1939 from this train station. We will also discuss the deportations of German Jews that took place in the 1940s from the same site.

12:00

Lunch at FES

13:15

Reflection discussion on the sites visited in the morning

14:15

Welcome remarks by FES representative

14:30

A special event with Kindertransport survivors

Special event with two Kindertransport survivors in cooperation with the Goethe Institute and the German Embassy in London. We will screen a Centropa Kindertransport film. Our participants will split up in two groups to meet with the two Kindertransport survivors, who will share their stories with us.

15:30

Coffee and cake with Kindertransport survivors

16:30

Marketplace of Ideas

Veteran teachers from Europe, US and Israel will present different projects they did with their students based on Centropa materials. 15 minutes per presentation. Participants get to choose which project their want to learn more about.

18:00

Bus returns to hotel. Free evening

Day 4 – Thursday – July 11, 2019

Location: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

08:15

Buses depart 

09:00

“Journalists look at Berlin: City of migrants - Chasing the Berlin dream" - Panel discussion

A very special Podcast recording for Deutsche Welle “Stammtisch”: An interactive panel discussion with four Berlin-based journalists: Confirmed speakers: Damien Mc Guiness (Deutsche Welle) and Luisa Beck (Washington Post).

10:00

Coffee break

10:30

How countries deal with racist attacks - Panel discussion

In the summer of 2018, the infamous protests that took place in Chemnitz, Saxony reignited the tensions in Germany which had been ongoing since 2015 surrounding the European migrant crisis. Luisa Beck (Washington Post) will moderate a panel discussion comparing how the US and Germany have dealt with racist attacks in recent years. Speakers will be announced shortly.

11:30

Elective group work

13:00

Lunch at FES

14:00

Buses depart

14:15

Visit the Topography of Terror Museum

Between 1933 and 1945, the central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror – the Secret State Police Office with its own “house prison,” the leadership of the SS and, during the Second World War, the Reich Security Main Office –  were located on the present-day grounds of the “Topography of Terror” that are next to the Martin Gropius Building and close to Potsdamer Platz.

Museum website: http://www.topographie.de/en/

15:45

Participants walk to Holocaust Memorial 

16:00

Visit the Holocaust Memorial

Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial is dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II. Participants have 20 minutes to explore the monument on their own.

16:30

Visit the underground Information Centre of the Holocaust Memorial

The underground Ort der Information (Information Centre) complements the abstraction of the memorial with personal documentation about individuals and families. This includes biographical details, recordings and information about memorial sites throughout Germany and Europe. Documenting the universal issue of genocide, the centre represents a central focus on the diverse memorial sites across Germany which stress the living memory aspect of remembrance.

Participants explore the exhibition on their own.

17:30

Reflection session in the conference room of the Information Centre

18:30

Free evening

Day 5 – Friday – July 12, 2019

 

08:15 – 13:00

20th Century History through the art, people, and sites of Berlin

Participants take part in the tour based on their preferences indicated in the registration form. Each group visits a site that was immensely popular during previous CSAs in Berlin. Centropa staff will provide directions and day passes for public transport.

Schöneberg´s “Street sign memorials”
In 1993, Berlin-based artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock inaugurated their “Places of Remembrance” memorial. Today you can see the 80 signs that are hung on lamp posts throughout the Bavarian Quarter, each one spelling out one of the hundreds of Nazi laws and rules that dehumanized Berlin’s Jewish population. Here, you can see Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt’s houses alongside all the signage commemorating the laws that limited Jewish daily life.
Check out this 2013 interview by the New York Review of Books with the artists!

7xjung – Your Training Ground for Solidarity and Respect
7xjung offers intense workshops for dealing with the past times of National Socialism, as well as with the present-day issues of identity, exclusion and civil courage. They advocate that everyone can be an agent of change by expressing and discussing new perspectives on history, the present, the individual and personal possibilities of shaping society in a wholly democratic way.
More information: http://www.7xjung.de/en/?lang=en

Jewish Museum Berlin
The Jewish Museum Berlin opened in 2001 and is the largest Jewish museum in Europe. Please note that the permanent exhibition of the museum is currently under construction, so that the two upper levels of the Libeskind Building will not be accessible for us to visit. You can still visit the architectural highlights of the Libeskind Building – the Axes in the basement, the Garden of Exile, and the impressive Voids – as well as the current exhibitions and art installations. 

13:00

Free afternoon

19:00

Shabbat service at Pestalozzi Str. Synagogue

Shabbat service at Pestalozzi Str. Synagogue, the last classic German liberal service with the liturgy composed by Cantor Lewandowski. Rabbi Jonah Sievers will welcome our group.

Participants arrive to the synagogue on their own. 

20:15

Shabbat dinner at Filmbühne Am Steinplatz

21:45

Buses return to hotel

Day 6 – Saturday – July 13. 2019

Location: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)

09:00

Buses leave from hotel

09:45

Visit the House of the Wannsee Conference

In this house – a former industrialist’s villa built in 1915 and used from 1941 to 1945 by the SS as a conference centre – on 20th January 1942, fifteen high-ranking representatives of the SS, the NSDAP and various ministries met to discuss their cooperation in the planned deportation and murder of the European Jews. Through original documents and audiovisual presentations, the Memorial Site’s exhibit documents the history of the National Socialist persecution of Jews, the deportations to ghettos and the murder of the European Jews in German-controlled territories.

 

13:00

Lunch at KAS

14:00

Welcome remarks by representative of KAS

14:15

Book discussion

Participants will meet in small groups to discuss the assigned book “The Holocaust – A German historian examines the genocide” by Wolfgang Benz.

15:00

Elective group work

15:45

Coffee break

16:15

Elective groups finalize their presentations for the final conference

18:15

Free evening

Day 7 – Sunday – July 14, 2019

Location: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

08:45

The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

Remembering the Cold War and 1989: we will visit the Berlin Wall Memorial Site at Bernauer Straße and the Palace of Tears (Tränenpalast).

The Berlin Wall Memorial is the central memorial site of German division, located in the middle of the capital. Situated at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse, it extends along 1.4 kilometers of the former border strip. The memorial contains the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. The events that took place here together with the preserved historical remnants and traces of border obstacles on display help to make the history of Germany’s division comprehensible to visitors.

Website: http://www.berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de/en/

The Tränenpalast – “The Palace of Tears” – was constructed in 1962 at Friedrichstraße train station in Berlin, and served the GDR dictatorship until 1990 as a departure terminal for people leaving the GDR for West Berlin. Like no other location, the pavilion serves as a reminder of the partition of Germany and of all the fates connected with it.

Website: https://www.hdg.de/en/traenenpalast/

12:00

Lunch at KAS

13:00

Screening of the new 1989 Centropa film

30 years ago, the Democratic revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin wall dramatically changed the political landscape in Europe. With the collapse of Communism, Jews now regained the freedom to exercise their religion after decades of suppression. But while some local Jewish communities slowly started to grow again, tens of thousands of Russians Jews emigrated to Germany since 1991.

13:20

Cold War / Berlin 1989 online quiz

14:20

Regional groups meet to discuss Centropa programming specific to their countries/areas

15:20

Coffee Break

16:00

Final presentations by elective groups

17:30

Final verbal feedback session together

18:00

Watching the films of the video elective

18:45

Final dinner at KAS

19:45

Return to hotel

Day 8 – Monday – July 15, 2019

Departure

Until 10:00

Participants check out and depart

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