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Lectures, book presentations, theatrical readings, panel discussions, and award ceremonies

  • World History in Berlin

    The Humboldt Brothers and the Jewish Enlightenment
    With: Uta Lohmann, Sebastian Panwitz, and Conrad Wiedemann, Humboldt researchers
    Language: German

    Lecture/Discussion
    30 Oct 2019

  • Antisemitism Today – A Challenge for School and Society

    21 February 2019
    Talk by Juliane Wetzel as part of the symposium Actively Countering Antisemitism and Exclusion (in German)

  • Katharina Galor: The Temple Mount

    9 January 2019
    Archaeologist Katharina Galor talks about the historical and archaeological heritage of Jerusalem’s most controversial site – the Temple Mount (Har haBait). She presents various research initiatives and highlights the role of religiously or politically motivated agendas in the research process.

  • Assaf Gavron:
    Achtzehn Hiebe (Eighteen Blows)

    28 July 2018
    Reading and Discussion
    Achtzehn Hiebe is a novel of love and a detective story, a piece of contemporary history, and a journey through Israel of today. The Israeli author Assaf Gavron presents his new novel with the actor Golo Euler and the journalist Ulrich Gutmair (taz).

  • Stolen Judaica
    Provenance Research in Israel and Germany

    In this symposium, research that explores the origins of Jewish ceremonial objects exclusively in Israel and Germany, took center stage for the first time.

    Conference
    18/19 Jun 2018

  • Rechavia – Grunewald in the Orient

    28 February 2018
    Reading with Thomas Sparr on German-Jewish Jerusalem (in German)

  • A Canon of Jewish Renaissance

    22 February 2018
    Bernhard Jensen, author of the first monograph about the Soncino Society in conversation with publisher Thedel von Wallmoden (in German)

  • Jerusalem for Cowards

    19 February 2018
    Discussion with filmmakers Dalia Castel and Orit Nahmias following the screening of Jerusalem for Cowards (in German and English)

  • Who is carrying the Menorah?

    8 February 2018
    Talk by Steven Fine on Jewish Counter-Histories of the Arch of Titus Spoils Panel

  • The Many Deaths of Jew Süss

    22 January 2018
    Reading with Yair Mintzker on Joseph Süß Oppenheimer – Jew Süss

  • 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

  • IN-/EXCLUSIONS and Self-Empowerment in the Cultural Business

    With Max Czollek, Dan Thy Nguyen, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, and Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz (in German)


    12 Oct 2017

  • Volk, Volksgemeinschaft, AfD (People, National Community, AfD)

    Book presentation and discussion with Alexander Häusler and the author Michael Wildt (in German)


    10 Oct 2017

  • Incredibly Clever

    5 August 2017
    Iris Berben reads Paula Buber (in German and English)

  • Before the After Party

    15 July 2017
    Reading and talk with the author Molly Antopol, translator Patricia Klobusiczky and actor Katharina Marie Schubert (in German and English).

  • Yousef Abad

    Eliz Sanasarian and Elham Rokni on video art by Elham Rokni and the situation of Jews in Iran from the 1979 revolution to today.


    6 Jul 2017

  • The New Völkerwanderung
    Book Presentation by Asfa Wossen Asserate

    3 July 2017
    Asfa-Wossen Asserate presents his latest book Die neue Völkerwanderung (The New Völkerwanderung) on the grievances of the EU’s Africa policy.

  • Peter Schäfer – "Two gods in heaven. Concepts of god in the ancient Jewish world"

    12 June 2017
    Peter Schäfer and Michael Wolffsohn on monotheism in Judaism and Christianity and concepts of a second god.

  • With Karamba to the Bundestag – My Journey from Senegal to the German Parliament

    Karamba Diaby tells of his birth country Senegal, of life in the GDR, his work in the Bundestag, and of his vision of an open and future-oriented society (in German).


    1 Jun 2017

  • Portrait Ariel Sabar

    Ariel Sabar: My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

    Reading and talk with the writer Ariel Sabar on the story of his father Yona Sabar, professor of the Neo-Aramaic language, and the Kurdish-Jewish history.


    11 May 2017

  • The Dress of the Unfaithful Wife
    Artist Talk and Discussion on Women and Sexuality in Judaism

    9 May 2017
    Talk with Andi LaVine Arnovitz, Amy K. Milligan, Professor for Jewish Studies and Women's Studies, and Emily D. Bilski, art historian, on the role of women in religious Judaism.

  • Israelis in Germany
    Ideological Debates and Changing Identities

    Talk and Slideshow with Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi from the University of Wuppertal on Israeli Jews in today's Germany (in German).


    4 May 2017

  • Letters

    Im/Possibilities – Perspectives on Refugee Participation

    Conference on the situation for refugees in Europe and Germany. Recording of the opening event with a talk by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK, followed by a panel discussion (in German and English).


    29 Mar 2017

  • Our Father: A Sinti Family Recounts

    Conversation and reading with the German-Sinti civil rights activist and author Anita Awosusi and her daughter Tayo Onutor about their family’s history (in German).


    23 Mar 2017

  • Götz Aly

    Europe Against the Jews. 1880-1945

    22 February 2017
    Historian Götz Aly and Daniel Cohn-Bendit discuss antisemitism in Eastern and Western Europe from 1880 to the present (in German).

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    The Acid Test
    How Fear of Foreigners is Threatening our Democracy

    The Islamic studies and education scholar Lamya Kaddor reads from her book and discusses integration with Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz and Andreas Zick (in German).

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    Gottes Körper (God's Body)

    13 February 2017
    Christoph Markschies in conversation with Peter Schäfer about Christian conceptions of God and their roots in other ancient religions (in German).

  • Portrait Johanna Wokalek

    All Sorts of Stories

    21 November 2016
    The actor Johanna Wokalek reads from Bertha Pappenheim’s German translation of the Maase book, a collection of Yiddish stories, fairy tales, and legends (in German).

  • Porträt Joshua Cohen

    Joshua Cohen:
    You want a golem?

    17 November 2016
    Reading and conversation with Joshua Cohen and Caspar Battegay about the golem myth in the age of automation.

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    A Jew in Neukölln – My Path to Coexistence of Religions

    The theology student and writer Ármin Langer reads from his book and talks about Jewish life in Neukölln (in German).


    19 Oct 2016

  • The Clay Giant's Alive!

    8 October 2016
    Anke Kuhl reads from her comic about two kids and their golem, with musical accompaniment by the cellist Martin Klenk (in German).

  • Portrait Christian Berkel

    Reading with Christian Berkel: Tevye the Dairyman

    9 July 2016
    To mark the 100th anniversary of Sholem Alejchem’s death, the actor Christian Berkel will read from the new translation of the book Tevye the Dairyman

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    Herzl reloaded – It’s No Fairytale

    Staged reading. Doron Rabinovici, writer and historian, and Natan Sznaider, sociologist, have a fictional email correspondence with Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism (in German).

    Reading/Discussion
    7 Jul 2016

  • Portrait Ludwig Haas

    Ludwig Haas – A Left-liberal Campaigner for Peace and Democracy

    9 June 2016
    Symposium with Evening Lecture by Gerhart Baum on the liberal Campaigner Ludwig Haas (1875-1930) and "Perspectives of Left-wing Liberalism Today".

  • The Holocaust and the Problem of Visual Representation

    30 May 2016
    Talk with artist and exhibition curator Peter Weibel about Boris Lurie and visual representation of the Holocaust (in German).

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    Helga Krohn: Bruno Asch

    19 May 2016
    Reading and talk with Helga Krohn on the local politician and socialist Bruno Asch.

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    Angst ums Abendland (Fears For the West)
    Book Presentation with Daniel Bax

    Talk with Daniel Bax and Gideon Botsch on Right-wing populist parties, anti-Muslim sentiments, flight and asylum (in German).


    6 Apr 2016

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    Prize for Understanding and Tolerance

    Acceptance speech by the 2015 award winner: W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin (in German).


    14 Nov 2015

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    Béla Guttmann - The World History of Football in one Person

    4 August 2015
    The writer Detlev Claussen presents his book about the Hungarian-Jewish soccer coach Béla Guttmann (in German).

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    Attempts to Describe Anti-Semitism

    Book presentation and discussion on the history of antisemitism research before 1944 with Hans-Joachim Hahn, Olaf Kistenmacher, Dr. Werner Treß, and Franziska Krah (in German).

    Reading/Discussion
    22 Apr 2015

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    From a Berlin Farce to a Story of Success

    2 March 2015
    The writer Daniel Bussenius talks with Inka Bertz and Heinrich Wefing, reporter from Die Zeit, about the museum’s development from 1971 to 2001 (in German).

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    The Realignment of "Education after Auschwitz" in Immigration Society

    Book presentation and panel discussion with the author Rosa Fava, Angela Kühner (University of Frankfurt), Selman Erkovan, history teacher in training, and Marco Kühnert, a guide at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg (in German).


    27 Jan 2015

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    The Book of Job. Aesthetics, Ethics, Hermeneutics

    The editors of a volume of essays about the Book of Job, Leora Batnitzky (Princeton) and Ilana Pardes (Jerusalem), in conversation with Vivian Liska
    Language: in German and English

    Reading/Discussion
    21 Jan 2015

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    What’s your "Heimat"?

    14 November 2014
    W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, and Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, talk about culture, religion, and being at home in a foreign place (in German).

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    Zimzum. God and the creation of the world

    Author Christoph Schulte talks with Micha Brumlik and Vivian Liska about his book on the notion of zimzum (tzimtzum) in Jewish mysticism
    Language: German

    Reading/Discussion
    30 Oct 2014

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    Hebrew Worlds – On the Presence of Ancient Texts in Modern Ivrith

    Anne Birkenhauer, a translator and the August Wilhelm Schlegel Guest Professor of the German Translation Fund and the FU Berlin, gives her inaugural lecture (in German).

    Lecture/Discussion
    27 Oct 2014

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    Forgotten Soldiers?

    3 September 2014
    Historian Tim Grady presents his research on the commemoration of German-Jewish soldiers from the First World War.

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    Modernized, then Tolerated?

    Micha Brumlik, Petra Bahr, Kadir Sanci, and Thomas Bauer about religion and navigating between tradition and adaptation
    Language: German

    Discussion
    10 Oct 2013

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    1933: Denial, Opposition, and Protest

    Wolf Gruner about his research into German Jews’ responses to Nazi persecution (in German).

    Lecture/Discussion
    8 Aug 2013

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    Peter Schäfer: The Origins of Jewish Mysticism

    Panel discussion between the author Peter Schäfer, Christoph Markschies, and Micha Brumlik about Schäfer’s book on the history of early Jewish mysticism
    Language: German

    Reading/Discussion
    25 Jun 2012

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    The History of Jews and Dönme in Turkey

    The Turkish studies scholar Corry Guttstadt and the historian Marc Baer discuss the history of Jews and Dönme (converts) in Turkey (in German).

    Lecture/Discussion
    31 Jan 2011

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    Perrine Simon-Nahum: Jews in France Today

    Talk by Perrine Simon-Nahum about her book on the circumstances of Jews in France, both past and present.

    Lecture/Discussion
    29 Nov 2010

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    W. Michael Blumenthal: Around the World in Eighty Years. My Life

    W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, presents his memoir (in German).

    Reading/Discussion
    30 Sept 2010

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    Jewish Youth Movement in Germany

    22 May 2010
    German-language talk by Ulrike Pilarczyk and panel discussion with Micha Brumlik, Hans Jakob Ginsburg, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, and Moshe Zuckermann about the history of the Zionist youth movement in Germany (in German).

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    Dialogues on Jewish Present: On the Question of Redemption – Messianism and the End of Days

    with Moshe Idel, Elliot R. Wolfson, and Micha Brumlik about the Messianic promise of redemption and its relevance in the twenty-first century
    Language: English

    Reading/Discussion
    10 Dec 2009

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    Walther Rathenau's Life: Text and Context

    Talk by Shulamit Volkov about the life of the writer, politician, and industrialist Walther Rathenau (in German).

    Lecture/Discussion
    15 Oct 2009

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    Migrants Moving History

    Saskia Sassen about immigration, diversity, and future prospects for dealing with history and citizenship in multiethnic societies.

    Lecture/Discussion
    25 Oct 2008

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    Self Displaced Person. Peter Szondi's Problematic Judaism

    3 December 2007
    Talk by Andreas Isenschchmid about the life and work of the literary scholar Peter Szondi (in German).

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    Painted in words. The portrait of a lost time

    10 October 2007
    Reading and conversation with the artist Samuel Bak about his family’s story and his survival as a child in German-occupied Vilnius (in German).

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    A synagogue curtain at the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter

    23 November 2006
    Talk by Vera Bendt about a synagogue curtain that was discovered at the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter, where it had been listed in records as an altar curtain (in German).

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    Exile in Shanghai

    Conversation between W. Michael Blumenthal and Horst Eisfelder about the time they both spent in Shanghai, where 18,000 Jews from Germany had taken refuge (in German).


    14 Nov 2006

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    The place of psychoanalysis in the history of the Jews

    30 May 2005
    Talk by Eli Zaretsky about the influence of psychoanalysis on Judaism and the place of psychoanalysis in Jewish history.

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    Breaking Ground: Adventures in Life and Architecture

    In conversation with Susanne Weingarten, Daniel Libeskind presents his autobiography.
    Language: English

    Reading/Discussion
    25 Jan 2005

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    The Fragile Foundation: The Quest for German-Jewish “Normalcy”

    Salomon Korn reads essays from his book about Jewish life in Germany, Jewish culture and remembrance, architecture, and politics.
    Language: German

    Reading/Discussion
    30 Sep 2003

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    Times of Commemoration: On Jewish Histories and Others

    Book presentation by the historian Dan Diner about remembering the twentieth century as an era of violence, forced displacement, and genocide (in German).

    Reading/Discussion
    24 Jun 2003