The Realignment of “Education after Auschwitz” in Immigration Society

Book presentation and panel discussion marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (audio recording available)

Since the late 1990s, there has been debate over whether learning about Nazism and the Holocaust for pupils with an immigrant background should be designed differently. Against the backdrop of migration pedagogy and criticism of racism, the author Rosa Fava considers how knowledge of “the others” and “the German we” shape the discussion. How does the self-understanding of a German “coming-to-terms community” stand in the face of seemingly indifferent children with a migrant background?

Dr. Angela Kühner (Frankfurt University), Selman Erkovan (trainee teacher and history educationalist), and Marco Kühnert (guide at the Concentration Camp Memorial Neuengamme/Hamburg) discuss the results of the book with the author.

recording available

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


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


  • Rosa Fava studied secondary teaching at the University of Hamburg for the subjects chemistry and history. After her traineeship, she worked from 2004 as a freelancer at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg, and was co-founder of the Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism, Berlin. Since 2012, she has headed the “Diversity in Schools” project at the Jewish Museum Berlin and in 2013, she was awarded a doctorate in educational science from the University of Hamburg.
  • Selman Erkovan studied teaching at the Free University Berlin for the subjects political science/social studies and history. In August 2014, he began his teacher traineeship in Berlin at the Ernst Schering School and at the sixth-form college of a vocational school serving the banking and insurance sector (Oberstufenzentrum Banken und Versicherungen). Selman Erkovan’s particular area of academic interest is the category of identity in historical and political learning.
  • Angela Kühner, psychologist, has worked in the area of sociology and psychoanalytic social psychology at the Goethe University Frankfurt since 2009. She has a doctorate in reflexive social psychology from the University of Munich. Her publications include “Trauma und Kollektives Gedächtnis” (Trauma and collective memory, 2008), “Kollektive Traumata” (Collective traumas, 2007) and “Reflexive Wissensproduktion” (Reflexive knowledge production, 2013, Ed. with Phil C. Langer and Panja Schweder).
  • Marco Kühnert studied history, political science, and philosophy at the University of Hamburg. In 2004, he served on the educational staff for the exhibition “Crimes of the Wehrmacht” and has since freelanced as a guide at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg.

Architecture of the Liebeskind building: view from the inside.

Audio recording of the book presentation, in German; Jewish Museum Berlin 2015

Where, when, what?

  • When27 Jan 2015
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
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