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

Reading and Discussion with Dmitrij Belkin (in German, with Audio Recording)

December 1993, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Aged 22, Dmitrij Belkin gets into a bus with three bags and six books and embarks upon a journey into the unknown, to Germany – like a quarter of a million other Jews from the ex-USSR.

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

Audio recording of Germanija. How I Became an Adult and a Jew in Germany – Reading and Discussion with Dmitrij Belkin (in German); 19 October 2017.
Jewish Museum Berlin 2017

As an immigrant, he enters a country that is undergoing radical changes – his post-Soviet outlook meets the old and new Federal Republic, where Jewish self-discovery becomes possible for him and his family. Germanija is a German chronicle wrapped in a deeply personal narrative that also throws light on immigration today.

Alina Gromova, Jewish Museum Berlin, will lead the ensuing discussion with the author.

The event is part of the New German Stories series.

Dmitrij Belkin

Dmitrij Belkin; photo: Gerhard Pauly

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    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

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Academy Programs: Past Events for You to Listen To and Watch (57)

Past Events for You to Listen To and Watch

We have recorded some of our conferences, lectures, readings, and panel discussions for you as audio or video files.

On the Path to Enlightenment: Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism

With Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University) und Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University)

Lecture Series
24 Sep 2020

Tying the Knot versus Bonds with God: Jews and Muslims in Interfaith Marriages

With Madeleine Dreyfus (psychoanalyst with a doctorate in cultural anthropology) und Imen Gallala-Arndt (lawyer and a lecturer at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Video: in German

Lecture Series
18 Jun 2020

Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism

With Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (Johns Hopkins University)
Video: in German and English

Lecture Series
20 Apr 2020

What Do You Think about Jesus? Judaism, Islam, and Christianity

With Israel Yuval (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Maha El Kaisy-Friemuth (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
Video: in German and English

Lecture Series
18 Feb 2020

Mono or Poly? Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism

With Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Elijah Interfaith Institute) and Reza Shah-Kazemi (Institute of Ismaili Studies in London)

Lecture Series
4 Feb 2020

Blue and white tea bowl, inside with gold rim

About a Tea Bowl

Discussion with brief presentations about interwoven experiences of post-Soviet Jewish migration
Video: in German

Lecture/Discussion
27 Nov 2019

Judaism and Islam – The History of Theological Relations

Prelude to the new lecture series The Others’ Faith. With Lukas Mühlethaler (Free University Berlin) and Imam Abdullah Antepli (Duke University, USA)
Video: in German and English

Lecture Series
21 Nov 2019

Ruth Wodak: Swing to the right?!

Ruth Wodak traces how a new “normality to the right” is establishing itself in many European countries
Video: in German

Lecture/Discussion
17 Oct 2019

“To Know One Religion Is to Know None”

W. Michael Blumenthal Fellow Walid Abdelgawad talks about reflections on Islam and Judaism in the writings of German-speaking Jewish orientalists between 1833 and 1955
Video: in German

Lecture/Discussion
28 Aug 2019

Do You Believe in Miracles?

With James A. Diamond (Professor in Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada) and Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu (Professor in Religious Studies at St. Joseph’s University in Philidelphia, United States)
Video: in English

Lecture Series
13 Jun 2019

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Museums, Religion and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

with the curators Jisgang Nika Collision (Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Nation & Canada) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Saxonian State Ethnographic Collections)

Lecture/Discussion
9 May 2019

Humanity: Between Destiny and Free Will

With Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Martin Mahmud Kellner (Institute of Islamic Theology, Osnabrück)
Video: in English

Lecture Series
30 Apr 2019

Access Barriers. Critical Perspectives on Racism in Schools and Curatorial Practices

Keynote by Bonita Bennett (District Six Museum, Cape Town) at the conference Access Barriers on museums as places of social change.
Video:in English

Lecture/Discussion
20 Mar 2019

How Much God Is in the Holy Scriptures?

With Benjamin Sommer (expert in modern Jewish theology) and Ghassan el Masri (researcher on the Koran in the context of the Arabic literature of his time)
Video: in German and English

Lecture Series
5 Mar 2019

God, Darwin, and Evolution

Natan Slifkin (Biblical Museum of Natural History, Israel) and Fatimah Jackson (Howard University, USA) discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians treat evolutionary biology.
Video: in English

Lecture Series
31 Jan 2019

Happy Birthday, Academy Programs!

Introducing the Academy Programs as well as Panel Discussions: Jewish Fathers – Jewish Children? and A Pre-fascist Era?

Lecture/Discussion
2 Dec 2018

Science in the Light of Faith

Geoffrey A. Mitelman and Ahmad S. Dallal discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians have reflected for centuries on the conflicting powers of God and his revelation and human reason.
Video: in English

Lecture Series
20 Nov 2018

Living with Islamophobia

The international conference “Living with Islamophobia” considered how cultural and religious affiliations are constructed and invited experts to enter into discussion.
Video: in English

Conference
11–12 Oct 2018

Imported Antisemitism?

We discuss with political, academic, and practical experts which manifestations of antisemitism among Arab migrants and Muslims in Germany exist.
Video: in German

Lecture/Discussion
30 Aug 2018

My God, Your God, No God

Part of our lecture Series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
14 Jun 2018

Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right

with Imani Perry: »What Lies Underneath: Difficult Histories and the Resurgence of The Far Right«
Video: in English

Conference
7 Jun 2018

Equal before God and Humans?

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
3 May 2018

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English and German

Lecture Series
12 Apr 2018

What is the Relationship Between Antisemitism and Islamophobia?

Lectures by David Feldman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
Video: in English and German


20 Mar 2018

The Right to Life

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
8 Mar 2018

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
25 Jan 2018

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights
Video: in English

Lecture Series
23 Nov 2017

Kunstwerk von Moran Sanderovich

New Judaism – Alliances in Postmigrant Society

On concepts of being Jewish within the third generation of Jews in Germany
video: german and english

Discussion
16 Nov 2017

Dmitrij Belkin

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

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

Reading/Discussion
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)

Discussion
12 Oct 2017

People, National Community, AfD

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

Lecture/Discussion
10 Oct 2017

Future Memories

Discussion on the Importance of Minority Perspectives for European Societies’ Commemorative Cultures

Discussion
26 Sep 2017

Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

Nawal Ammar and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Video: German and English, no subtitles

Reading/Discussion
13 Jul 2017

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.
Audio: in English

Lecture/Discussion
6 Jul 2017

Religion. Fashion. Empowerment.

Discussion with Reina Lewis and Meriem Lebdiri (in German and English)

Lecture/Discussion
29 Jun 2017

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.
Audio: in German

Lecture/Discussion
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.
Audio: in English

Lecture/Discussion
11 May 2017

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.
Audio: in German

Lecture/Discussion
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.
Audio: in German and English

Reading/Discussion
23 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.
Audio: in German

Reading/Discussion
23 Mar 2017

Porträt der Autorin und Buchtitel <cite>Die Zerreißprobe. Wie die Angst vor dem Fremdem unsere Demokratie bedroht</cite>

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.
Audio: in German

Reading/Discussion
16 Feb 2017

Jews in North Africa During the Second World War

Theme day with lectures by Michel Abitbol, Eric Salerno, Patrick Bernhard, Haim Saadoun, and panel discussion
Language: German, English, and French

Lecture/Discussion
26 Jan 2017

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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.
Audio: in German

Reading/Discussion
19 Oct 2016

Sites of Memory: Lost and Entangled Narratives

with Dr. Rosa Fava, Juliane Jurewicz, Prof. Dr. Iman Attia, Olga Gerstenberger, Ozan Keskinkiliç, Anita Awosusi, Ilona Lagrene, Prof. Dr. Michael Rothberg, and Serpil Polat
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

Conference
16 Sep 2016

TIME OF CRISIS

with Dan Diner, Adam Michnik, Dietmar Herz, Étienne François, and Hans Kundnani
Video: in German, no subtitles

Discussion
7 Sep 2016

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Antisemitism in the Arabic World – Facts and Myths

with Michael Kiefer and Omar Kamil
Video: in German, no subtitles

Discussion
26 Apr 2016

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“Angst ums Abendland” (Fears For the West) Book Presentation

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

Reading/Discussion
6 Apr 2016

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Post-migrant Society?!

International conference, recording of the opening event
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

Conference
12–14 Nov 2015

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Kill Me a Son!

Recording of the opening event
With: Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer and Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth
Video: in German, no subtitles

Conference
3–4 Sep 2015

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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
Audio recording: in German

Reading/Discussion
27 Jan 2015

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A Shared View of Europe – Jewish and Muslim Experiences as Reflected in Public Controversies

Panel discussion with Prof. Nilüfer Göle, Shai Lavi and Gökçe Yurdakul
Video: in German, no subtitles

Discussion
19 Jan 2015

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Contemporary Jewish Life in a Global Modernity

Recording of the presentation "Future of European Jewry"
With: Dr. Karen Körber and Dr. Diana Pinto
Video: in English, no subtitles

Conference
11–12 Dec 2014

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Snip it?!

Presentation of a study on the circumcision debate followed by a discussion as part of the Judeo-Islamic Forum.
Video: in German, no subtitles

Lecture/Discussion
4 Dec 2014

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Concepts of Citizenship and Participation in European Comparison

Recording of the keynote by Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck and the followed panel discussion
With: Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck, Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev, Josip Juratovic and Dr. Monika Lüke
Video: in German, no subtitles

Conference
7–8 Apr 2014

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Is Higher Education a Safeguard Against Racism and Antisemitism?

Presentation of a study followed by panel discussion with Wassilis Kassis, Charlotte Schallié, Iman Attia, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Andreas Zick
Video: in German, no subtitles

Lecture/Discussion
20 February 2014

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Modernized, then Tolerated?

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

Discussion
10 Oct 2013

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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.
Audio: in German

Lecture/Discussion
31 Jan 2011

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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Doitscha
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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Kıymet

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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“InderKinder”
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

Audio Recordings: Listen to Past Museum Events (65)

Listen to Past Museum Events

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).

Porträt der Autorin und Buchtitel <cite>Die Zerreißprobe. Wie die Angst vor dem Fremdem unsere Demokratie bedroht</cite>

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.

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 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