Berlin Summer Program Diversity and Tolerance in Berlin

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Meetings with eyewitnesses like Beate Niemann are an important part of the program

A summer program in Berlin, Germany, for Los Angeles area school teachers in cooperation with the Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles.
This one-week study tour in July of each year is designed for Los Angeles area school teachers and other multipliers in the field of education to gain insight into many of the historical, social, religious, political, and economic factors that cumulatively resulted in the Holocaust.

It includes educational visits to historic sites in and around Berlin that played an important role in the history of the Holocaust and the Third Reich with the participation of eyewitnesses and survivors, as well as representatives of the Berlin city government and distinguished members of the Berlin-Jewish community. For example, this year participants watched the film “An Apartment in Berlin” and afterwards talked with the filmmaker Alice Agneskirchner and one of the subjects protrayed in the film.

 

Gate of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp - "Arbeit macht frei"

Gate of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

The application deadline is in late March. Interested teachers should apply as soon as possible. Applications are accepted starting in January of every year and are available at the Museum of Tolerance website here.

Participants must organize and pay for their own air transportation to and from Berlin. The program is free of charge for Los Angeles area teachers and other multipliers and includes transportation to historic sites, hotel accommodations (single occupancy) and three meals daily.

 

Program Goals:

  • To advance knowledge and education in area schools about the Holocaust and present-day Jewish life in Germany;
  • To deepen educators’ personal knowledge and strengthen their ability to discuss the Holocaust in their classrooms;

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    L.A. teachers speak with Inge Deutschkron (2nd from right)

  • To provide insight into the many cultural, social, political, and economic factors that cumulatively resulted in the Holocaust;
  • To reflect on the use and abuse of power and the roles and responsibilities of individuals, organizations, and nations when confronted with injustice;
  • To create an understanding of the roots and ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotypes while promoting acceptance of diversity in a pluralistic society;
  • To help provide insight into how contemporary societies attempt to come to terms with serious crimes against humanity;
  • To promote mutual understanding and contact between Berlin and its American sister city Los Angeles.

For more information, download the program brochure and visit the Museum of Tolerance Website.

Participant  feedback:
”A well-organized, intellectually fulfilling, and emotionally rich program that was not superficial.  There was no glossing over the uncomfortable stuff or, on the other hand, just going for the jugular. I can’t imagine a more well-thought out study tour. I loved it.”

 (Miriam M., 2010) 

“The visit to the former SA prison and talk with Mrs. N. about her research on her father was incredibly powerful. The perspective from someone who was deceived her whole life is something special, and her personality and her willingness to share left a lasting impact with me.“

(Grant K., 2015)