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The 2022 Centropa Summer Academy

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 2024 Centropa Summer Academy

20th c. European History. Holocaust. Jewish Memory.

July 15-22, 2024

Day 1 - Monday, July 15

12:00-13:30 Registration at hotel.

13:30 Participants walk to conference venue.

14:00 Welcome remarks by Henning Suhr, representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the Centropa team.

14:30 Icebreaking activity: participants get to know each other.

15:15 Presentation of Centropa’s education program. Introduction to Centropa's German-Jewish Source

Book. Screening of biographical short film about Rosa Rosenstein who grew up in Berlin.

16:00 Coffee break. Elective course introductions and meeting.

17:00 Keynote lecture by Michael Brenner “Before the Deluge: German Jews in the Weimar Republic“.

17:45 Q&A.

18:00 Check-in at hotel.

19:00 Welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Tuesday July 16

08:30 Bus departs from hotel.

09:00 Walking tour. A Jewish HerStory from Berlin-Mitte". Guided tour on Rosa Rosenstein and other Jewish women.

11:00 Bus departs.

11:30 Arrival at Jewish Museum Berlin. Independent visit of exhibition and lunch. Welcome by Diana Dressel, Head of Education Department.

14:30 Bus departs.

15:00 Arrival at conference venue. Coffee break.

15:30 Reflection session on morning program.

16:00 Marketplace of ideas. Centropa teachers present their lessons.

17:00 Elective work.

18:00 Free evening.

Day 3 – Wednesday, July 17

08:00 Bus departs.

08:15 Guided tour through the Bavarian Quarter in Schöneberg with its "Places of Remembrance". 

09:15 Bus transfer to the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial.

10:00 Guided tour & workshop (in groups) through the permanent exhibition.

12:30 Lunch.

13:15 Bus transfer to Gleis 17 memorial.

13:45 Visit Gleis 17 memorial.

14:30 Bus transfer.

15:00 Coffee break.

15:30 Reflection session in small groups.

16:30 Taking stock of what we've learned: Prewar Jewish life through deportations. Preparation for our visit to Ravensbrück.  

17:15 Elective groups meet.

18:15 Free evening.

Day 4 – Thursday, July 18 

08:00 Bus transfer to Ravensbrück Memorial.

09:45 Arrival in Fürstenberg. Short tour of Fürstenberg.

10:15 Bus transfer to Ravensbrück Memorial.

10:30 Arrival at Ravensbrück Memorial.

10:30 Tour of Ravensbrück.

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Workshop on "participant-centered learning" using the Centropa Ravensbrück Reader with testimonies from Jewish survivors of the Ravensbrück concentration camp.

15:00 Coffee break.

15:30 Reflection session.

16:30 Concluding memorial ceremony (Kaddish).

17:00 Bus transfer.

18:45 Free evening.

Day 5 –  Friday, July, 19

08:30 Participants meet in their elective groups.

09:00 Field trip in the morning (elective groups).

12:45 Lunch.

13:45 Elective group work (Coffee break at 15:00).

16:30 Free time & prepare for synagogue visit.

18:00 Bus departs from hotel.

19:00 Shabbat service.

19:45 Bus transfer.

20:15 Shabbat dinner.

Day 6 –  Saturday, July, 20

08:30 Bus transfer to Soviet War Memorial.

09:00 Guided tour of the Memorial.

10:15 Bus departs.

10:45 Visit of Berlin Wall Memorial.

12:15 Bus departs.

12:45 Lunch.

13:45 Elective groups finalize their projects.

15:15 Coffee break.

16:00 Cold war session: How to teach the Cold War. Followed by Cold War Quiz.

17:30 Wrap up: What we learned.

18:00 Free evening.

Day 7 –  Sunday, July 21

09:30 Meeting at Holocaust Memorial. Visit of the outside Memorial.

09:45 Brief introduction.

10:00 Visit of Information Centre under the field of Stelae.

11:45 Return to conference venue.

12:30 Lunch.

13:15 Reflection session.

14:00 Jewish Salon panel discussion on "Forgotten Diversity: (Female) Jewish Identities and Perspectives in Berlin", with Miriam Rürup, Helene Shani Braun, Mirna Funk. Moderated by Centropa.

15:30 Coffee break. Final group photo.

16:00 Final presentation of the elective projects.

17:30 Summary, feedback, distribution of certificates of participation.

19:30 Closing dinner.

Day 8 –  Monday, July 22
until 10:00 check-out & individual departure.


If you would like to have more information about our educational programs, please contact:


Fabian Rühle

Fabian Rühle is our European Education Director, developing materials and running seminars for teachers all over Europe. He is also our liaison for European governments and foundations, and he coordinates our fundraising in Europe. In 2015, he opened our Germany office and is now based in Hamburg.



Dr. Lauren Granite

Dr. Lauren Granite directs our US educational programs. Since 2010 she has been building our network of Jewish day and congregational schools; expanding into public, parochial and charter schools; running workshops and seminars; mentoring teachers; writing lessons and projects; and establishing teacher advisory teams to advise us about Centropa curricula.



Dr. Maria Lieberman

Mirus (Maria) Lieberman is the head of our Budapest office. She is the director of CJN, Centropa’s network of European and Israeli Jewish schools, and oversees our educational programs for Hungarian public schools. Together with her team she organises and runs seminars, trainings and workshops for teachers and students, develops cross-border projects and programs.


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