Event schedule

Please note that the schedule is constantly updated. 

Day 1 – Monday – July 8, 2019

Introduction to the CSA in Berlin

Location: Cervantes Institute (tbc)

14:00 – 15:30

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). 

16:00

Welcoming remarks

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

16:30

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

17:15

Coffee break

Elective groups meet for the first time.

18:00

Introduction to Centropa: Using personal stories and photographs to bring history to life

Introduction to the Centropa website and the resources we offer. Time to discuss the scavenger hunt pre-trip assignment.

18:45

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.

19:00

Two teachers present inspiring lessons demonstrating the uses of Centropa resources.

19:30

Welcome dinner

21:00

Return to hotel

Day 2 – Tuesday – July 9, 2019

Jewish Life in Berlin – Past and Present

Location: Cervantes Institute (tbc)

08:00

We will walk together to Cervantes Institute, to drop off laptops for later work sessions.

08:30

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

10:30

Scavenger hunt – Dicovering Berlin Mitte with your international colleagues

12:30

Lunch

13:00

Elective group work

14:00

Bus departs to Jewish Museum

14:30

Tour in the Jewish museum

16:30

Buses depart

17:00

A special event with Kindertransport survivors

A special event with two Kindertransport survivors hosted by the German Foreign Office and the German Embassy in London (requested). We will screen a Kinderstransport film made by Centropa, and the survivors will share their stories with us. 

 

19:00

Free evening

Day 3 – Wednesday – July 10, 2019

Location: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

09:00

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.

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/

12:45

Lunch at FES

13:45

Brief reflection discussion on the sites visited in the morning

14:15

Welcome remarks by FES representative

14:30

Screening of a Centropa film

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

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.

16:30

Elective groups meet

18:30

Free evening

Day 4 – Thursday – July 11, 2019

Location: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

08:30

Buses depart 

09:30

“Charlottesville vs Chemnitz” - Panel discussion

Our panel discussion “Charlottesville vs Chemnitz” will deal with questions of politics, the far-right and the rising racism and antisemitism we experience worldwide. We will invite three experts (to be confirmed). Followed by a Q&A.

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

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

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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