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Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint  Charlie Stiftung
Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung added 6 new photos.Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 12:24pm
On June 25th, it was time for our summer program “Diversity and Tolerance in Berlin”, an educational program for L.A.-area school teachers, organized in partnership with the Museum of Tolerance as part of the Berlin-L.A. Sister City Relationship.

The ten day Berlin-based program is intended to help teachers gain insight into the cultural, political, social and economic factors that cumulatively resulted in the Holocaust, while at the same time bringing them into contact with the vibrant diversity that exists today in Berlin.

The schedule includes educational visits to historic sites in and around Berlin that played an important role in the history of the Holocaust. Throughout the week, participants meet with eyewitnesses, survivors, distinguished members of various ethnic and religious groups in Berlin. This year, for the first time, the program also addressed LGBT history in Berlin with a visit to the Schwules Museum*.

It was a pleasure getting to know all of the participants in this year’s program and sharing our history and knowledge with them. We hope to see them again soon, either in L.A. or in Berlin!
Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint  Charlie Stiftung
Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung added 5 new photos.Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 4:00pm
From June 10-24 the Experience Educational Program (EEP) took place. Fifteen participants from schools and school boards across the United States, most of them administrators, visited Berlin to learn about the German education system. The program included in-depth visits to German schools; lectures and meetings at the Berlin Department for Education, Youth and Family and other political institutions; and visits to historic sites. The program was organized by STEP (http://www.cc-stiftung.de/index.php/about-step/) which is funded by the Berlin Department of Education, Youth and Family and administered by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. It was wonderful to meet everyone and to share ideas so that US and German school systems can learn from one another!
Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint  Charlie Stiftung
Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint Charlie StiftungMonday, July 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.