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Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint Charlie StiftungMontag, Juli 24th, 2017 at 12:15pm
Since 2005, the Foundation has administered the City of Berlin Scholarship (http://www.cc-stiftung.de/index.php/city-of-berlin-scholarship/), which was established from the donations of thousands of Germans and Berliners to help victims of the September 11th attacks. Since its creation, the scholarship has helped pay for the cost of tuition at a university or trade school for 28 children of FDNY firefighters who are now suffering from debilitating health effects resulting from the attacks.

One element of the scholarship is that recipients are offered the opportunity to make a month-long visit to Berlin sometime during their scholarship period. While in Berlin, they stay with local host families, attend German courses, and work at an internship in their field.

This year, we were pleased to welcome Fiona Ward and Juliane Forsyth to Berlin. Both had a wonderful time here and were invited to a meeting with the President of the Berlin House of Representatives, Ralf Wieland during their visit. Also in attendance was Walter Momper, a former Mayor of Berlin and chairman of the foundation’s board.

The visit to Berlin was Fiona’s first. Juliane visited Berlin several years ago, but only for a short period. Both have now left Berlin to return to their studies, for which we wish them all the best.
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Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint Charlie StiftungMontag, Juli 17th, 2017 at 11:43am
From mid-June to mid-July, Jeffery, Bailey, Amy and Logan (from left), four students of German at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California, came to Berlin to participate in a program organized by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. During their four week stay, the students lived with host families, took intensive German lessons, completed internships at local German businesses and government institutions, and participated in educational outings organized by the foundation. For each of them, it was their first visit to Germany, a country which they had known only from their textbooks until now. We enjoyed getting to know each of them and wish them all the best for a bright future. “Auf Wiedersehen, bis zum nächsten Mal in Berlin!”
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Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint Charlie StiftungSonntag, Mai 28th, 2017 at 6:57pm
Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. This year, by coincidence, it is also the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy. As anyone who has recently been to Berlin can attest, President Kennedy remains as present in the public imagination as ever, more than 50 years after his historic speech. For many Berliners, and Germans, Kennedy personified everything they admire about the United States: Youth, strength, endurance in the face of adversity, and charisma. Several activities and events are planned in Berlin to mark JFK’s 100th birthday.

The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation’s most direct connection to President Kennedy is through the first chairman of its executive board, and later chairman of its supervisory board, Klaus Franke. Franke was head of protocol under West Berlin Mayor Willi Brandt during Kennedy’s visit to Berlin and in this capacity helped organize the visit, including the famous speech. In the photo below, he can be seen standing just to Kennedy’s left (with dark hair and glasses). If you speak German, you can watch several brief interviews with Franke in which he recall’s organizing Kennedy’s visit on YouTube (see links below).

While Americans will remember those who have lost their lives in the service of their country on Monday, many Berliners will also be reflecting – on an American President who meant so much to this city.