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Seminar in the House of the Wannsee Conference (Berlin)

31 March 2012
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)
 
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