Berlin Summer Program

Gate of Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen - "Arbeit macht frei"

Gate of Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen

 

 

 

 

 

Wall of the Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Weißensee

Jewish cemetery in Berlin-Weißensee

 

 

 

 

 

Carriers of the Torah scrolls (oblate from around 1900)

Carriers of the Torah scrolls (oblate from around 1900)

The Holocaust and Jewish Life in Berlin Today

July 19-25, 2015

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.

The application deadline is March 30, 2015 and interested teachers should apply as soon as possible. Applications 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;

  • 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 Museum of Tolerance Website.