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Auerbach. A Jewish-German Tragedy

Talk and Reading with Hans-Hermann Klare (in German)

In April 1952, a sensational trial began at the Munich Regional Court. The accused was Philipp Auerbach. He had survived Auschwitz and fought for the survivors of the Holocaust like no other. His judges, former Nazis, convicted him of minor offenses. On the same day, Auerbach took his own life.

His fate is symbolic of the fact that there was no real “Zero Hour” after the war. The old elite had become the new, and antisemitism lived on. Hans-Hermann Klare’s biography casts the post-war years in a new light. It resurrects a world in which hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in Germany had to fight for a life lived with dignity.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

Book cover next to a photo of a man with glasses and grey hair.

Book cover Auerbach, Aufbau Verlage; Hans-Hermann Klare, Photo: Jonas Wresch

In conversation with Daniel Wildmann, program director of the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy, journalist and author Hans-Hermann Klare presents his book Auerbach. Eine jüdisch-deutsche Tragödie oder Wie der Antisemitismus den Krieg überlebte ("Auerbach. A Jewish-German Tragedy, or How Antisemitism Survived the War”).

What were displaced persons?

After the Second World War, “displaced persons” referred to people stranded outside their countries of origin, including around a quarter million Jews in the western occupied zones of postwar Germany

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Where, when, what?

  • When Wed 29 Mar 2023, 7 pm
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    6 €, reduced rate 3€

  • LanguageThe event will be conducted in German.

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