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Put Yourself in the Picture: the Arts in Berlin

Prussia's Arcadia: Berlin, Potsdam and the Prussians

Berlin - the Mekka of 20th Century Architecture

Tailor-Made Topics


Coach Tours

Topical Walks


45 - 60 Minutes using transparencies or slides

The History of the Jews in Germany

The History of the Jews in Germany.

The Roots and History of Anti-Semitism

The beginning of Anti-Semitism goes back to Paul, the Apostle, who accused 'the Jews' of being responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. The founder of the Catholic Church, Augustine repeated and developed further this accusation. Anti-Judaism became a cornerstone of the Christian faith. It became lethal with the Crusades in the 11th century, when Jewish communities on the Rhine where decimated or annihilated and the migration of Jews to the East of Europe began. The talk describes subsequent steps taken by Christian society to exclude or expel Jews. Anti-Judaism became Anti-Semitism in the 19th century when attacks on Jews were not derived from their 'disbelief' in Jesus as the Saviour but on their 'racial inferiority' and 'alien otherness'. The talk will show how Anti-Semitism became a major aspect of Adolph Hitler's National Socialist ideology with its murderous results..

The Berlin Jewish Community Today

This talk first explains the reasons for the rebirth of Jewish life in Berlin after 1945. It then goes on to describe the explicit difference between the pre- and post-war Berlin Jewish communities. Jews living in Germany are continually under pressure to justify their choice of Germany as a home. The talk describes the reasons and conflicts attached to this decision. Finally, the talk shows how Jewish life in Berlin has changed as a result of the influx of former Soviet Jews to Berlin. Positive and negative aspects of this development will be addressed.

Holocaust Memorials in Berlin

Since 1987 the discussion for and against a National Holocaust Memorial has played a central role in political debate in Germany. After the decision of the German Parliament to build Peter Eisenman's contribution, the debate has not ceased. Very few people, however, realise that there are already numerous Holocaust Memorials throughout Berlin. The talk presents the different memorials and analyse the role of art and memory in the context of the Holocaust.

The Debate on a National Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

This talk presents outstanding contributions to the Holocaust Memorial competition and describes the lines of conflict and argument during the twelve year debate.

5 to 6 hours with snack or lunchtime breaks

Jewish Sites in Berlin in the Past, Present and Future

The tour takes you to synagogues, community buildings and includes a visit to Europe's largest Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Weissensee. On route, important Holocaust memorials will be shown. American architect, Daniel Libeskind designed the already famous Jewish Museum building. A visit to the building will also be part of the tour

Art and Memory of the Holocaust in Berlin

The tour visits Holocaust memorials throughout Berlin and gives the participants the chance to leave the coach at each site and debate the artistic qualities and implications of each memorial. The tour includes a visit to the Wannsee Villa Memorial Centre and, if requested, can visit the former Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, North of Berlin.
Note: Limousine tours are also available
Topical Walk

2-3 Hours

The Jewish Quarter in Old and Present Day Berlin
(including a visit to the Centrum Judaicum Museum)

The walk takes you through the back streets of the old Jewish quarter Scheunenviertel near Alexander Platz in Berlin. It presents past and present sites of Berlin Jewish life. Holocaust memorials are also visited. The tour ends with a visit to the Centrum Judaicum Museum which gives a comprehensive insight into the history of the Berlin Jews.

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