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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - bologna.lab - Neue Lehre. Neues Lernen

Traces of the Shoah in Berlin

Taught by Dr. René Schlott, Tim Opitz

Monday (fortnightly), 10:00 - 14:00, Hausvogteilplatz 5-7, Room 124/125

Course taught in English (with parts in German, depending on language level)


This interdisciplinary seminar is suitable for students of all subject areas and will take a close look at Jewish life and German-Jewish relations in Berlin before 1933, and, more importantly, between 1933 and 1945, as well as the long and difficult process of Germany's "coming to terms" with her past, most visibly through the creation of the Holocaust Memorial, which is now one of the most important sites to visit in Berlin in relation to this time in Germany's history.

In the form of interactive seminar sessions we will survey the wealth of Jewish life in Berlin prior to the establishment of the Nazi regime. We will then take a closer look at the drastic repercussions on Jewish life during the years 1933-1945, and conclude our reflections on the topic by looking at present-day Jewish life in Berlin and at the ways in which today's generations reflect upon their past.

We will dedicate some seminar sessions to on-site visits of specific places of remembrance in Berlin.

The seminar is interactive, and taught in English with the possibility for students, who feel confident enough, to submit work in German if they so wish.

Students are vividly encouraged and invited to contribute to the seminar discussions and to connect their academic reflection with their own backgrounds.