From 25th – to 31rst March a seminar "History of the Holocaust as a subject of study." took place at the museum “House of the Wannsee-Conference” for 15pedagogues and researchers from Russia and the Ukraine , who came from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Vologda, Rostov-on-Don, Yaroslavl. , Kiev and Odessa.
The intensive training program comprised lectures by Dr Wolf Kaiser (House of the Wannsee-Conference), Elisabeth Schwarzbaum (International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen) and Ulrike Huhn) (Research Center for East European Studies, Bremen University ) followed by a workshop on "Racism and Anti-Semitism," Besides providing information the seminar acquainted the participants with interactive methods of learning such as mutual presentation of parts of the exhibition by working groups and the comparison of the history of the Holocaust in Germany, Russia and the Ukraine.
At a visit at the Schiller Gymnasium the Russian and Ukrainian guests had the opportunity to exchange experiences with German teachers of history.Only very few time was left for a visit of the historic district of Berlin.
The group visited many places that are connected with the tragedy of the European Jews -from the train station Grunewald where the deportation started to the Memorial Sachsenhausen. This left an deep impression on the visitor as well as the visit of the Jewish museum, where the group was introduced to the architecture of Daniel Libeskind who tried to express an atmosphere of fear and abandonment in some parts of the building reminding the Shoah.
From the German Russian Museum at Karlshorst, the group came to see the “Topography of Terror”, an exhibition about the most important institutions of the National Socialist persecution and terror at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police (Gestapo), the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located. The last point of the Berlin excursion was the monument to the murdered Jews in Europe, consisting of a site covered with 2,711 dark tower arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field, designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere.
The successful performance of the seminar was only possible due to the active and dedicated participation of the whole group and last not least with the perfect preparation and the as well decisive as kind guidance through Berlin and the program by Tatyana Manykina (Holocaust Center, Moscow)