HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE GDR
November 1-2, 2016 - Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
The Leo Baeck Institute, the Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office invite you to a screening of a documentary film on the “Chronicle of a Return. Life Paths of Jews in the GDR” (USA/Germany/Czech Republic, 1989/93). The screening on November 1 will be introduced by Jeffrey M. Peck, former dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College (CUNY), and Martin Pátek, director of the documentary.
Date: November 1, 7pm-9pm
Location: Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin (Photo)
The film screening and discussion are part of the workshop “The History of Jews in the GDR: Current Research and New Perspectives,” which is co-organized by Leo Baeck Institute, the Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office. On November 1-2, we want to analyze this often-neglected chapter of German-Jewish history—beyond its common political exploit—with respect to open questions and put this topic in its broader historic contexts.
In the last years, the discourse on Jewish history has changed due to growing international exchange and the inclusion of new research fields. This workshop is bringing together scholars, journalists, writers, archivists, and contemporary witnesses who have conducted research on the topic of Jews and Jewish life in the GDR with the aim of jointly developing ideas for a research agenda in this field.
Topics of discussion will include:
* Motives for the “return” of Jews to the Soviet Occupation Zone and GDR
* Jewish life and Jewish culture in the GDR, dealing with the Jewish heritage
* State of research on the history of Jews in the GDR
* The International dimension and relevance of Jewish experiences in the GDR (contacts, cross-border commuters, East/West)
* Contemporary witnesses’ perspectives
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