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Academy Program on Migration and Diversity

Though Germany is home to first- and second-generation immigrants from 194 countries, it has only recently begun to view itself as a country of immigration. In this regard, Germany is quite different from countries, like the US and Canada, whose longtime engagement with immigration has given them extensive experience in dealing with inequality and discrimination. Our Academy’s program on migration and diversity are particularly concerned with finding ways to apply that experience to the German context.

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W. M. Blumenthal Academy
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Events for Experts and the Public

Toward this end, we give experts the opportunity to exchange ideas on innovative approaches to migration research and offer them a platform to present their perspectives to a wider public.

The History of Migration to Germany

Understanding the history of migration to Germany is another priority for the program on migration and diversity. How did migrants come to both West and East Germany? What living conditions did they find? What were their experiences and how did these experiences shape later generations? By raising such questions, the Academy aims to ingrain migration history into the public's historical consciousness.


Signe Rossbach
Provisional Head of the Academy Programs
T +49 (0)30 259 93 344

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Interview Series: New German Stories (12)

Event Series: New German Stories (14)

New German Stories

Since 2014, New German Stories has been illustrating Germany’s past and present as a multiethnic society through the lens of individual lives. The event series includes readings, film screenings, and conversations.

Phral mende – Who We Are

15 March 2018
Film and Discussion on Perspectives of Sinti and Roma in Germany

Dmitrij Belkin

Germanija. How I Became an Adult and a Jew in Germany

Reading and discussion on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.

19 Oct 2017

With Karamba to the Bundestag

Reading and Discussion with Karamba Diaby (in German)

1 Jun 2017

Vater unser
Eine Sintifamilie erzählt
(Our Father. A Sinti Family Recounts)

Discussion and reading with Anita Awosusi

23 Mar 2017

Black and white portrait of a young man with glasses in half profile

A Jew in Neukölln:
My Path to Coexistence of Religions

The theology student and journalist Ármin Langer presents his first book

19 Oct 2016

A man is painting on a waggon

Children of the liberation

6 July 2016
Discussion and reading with Marion Kraft, Ika Hügel-Marshall and Judy Gummich: The perspectives of black Germans of the postwar generation

A woman and a man (heads)

ХАИМ – HEIM (Home)

15 March 2016
Discussion and film clips with Robert Schulzmann

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Eine jüdische Mutter packt aus (A Jewish mother reveals all)

19 May 2015
Reading and discussion with Adriana Altaras

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Osama bin Laden is sleeping with fishes

10 March 2015
Reading and discussion with Ahmad Milad Karimi

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The “Koscher Light” Generation

9 September 2014
Reading and discussion with Alina Gromova

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8 July 2014
Film showing and discussion with Canan Turan

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Being German and Black as well

13 May 2014
Reading and discussion with Theodor Michael

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On Growing up and Living in Germany

20 March 2014
Reading and discussion with Urmila Goel and Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf

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We, the new Germans
Who we are, what we want

15 January 2014
Reading and discussion with Alice Bota, Khuê Pham and Özlem Topçu