Study Excursions

Germany and France: From Wars to Reconciliation and Beyond.

A Study Trip to Berlin and Paris

Dr. Gisela Dachs

Throughout their long history, the relations between French and Germans have been mostly marked by embittered wars and enmity. It was only after 1945 that a process of reconciliation started to take place. The founding fathers of this process shaped not only what would then develop into a strong alliance at the heart of Western Europe, but also the core of the future European Union. Albeit not without difficulties, the Franco-German friendship has become to symbolize a successful way to overcome history through peaceful bilateral cooperation. Such transnational interactions include a wide range of activities including state-financed youth exchanges, municipal partnerships, and a host of bi-national institutes and associations. Rather than directly affecting domestic political affairs, this kind of Europeanization connects French and Germans in various ways, transforming their partnership into the driving force of the European integration. 

The study excursion will explore the historical traces as reminders of the former enmity between France and Germany as well as current transnational practices of cooperation. It provides the participants with a wide range of encounters and experiences showing how, on the one side, collective memory as well as political, cultural and linguistic differences can be continuous challenges to the bilateral relations, but also how processes of reconciliation were able to shape a lasting alliance, on the other side. 

For preparation, the basic course “The Media in Germany” (Fall Semester) is recommended. Parallel to the study excursion students are required to attend the course “The Core of Europe :History and Challenges of the Franco-German Friendship (Spring semester). 

 

2016/17: Troubled Landscapes: Exploring Traces of Violence in German History and Culture

Troubled Landscapes: Exploring Traces of Violence in German History and Culture

A Study Trip to Munich and Nuremberg

Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

August 29 - September 7, 2017

Throughout the course of history the city of Munich as well as other parts of the Federal State of Bavaria were fundamentally shaped by political turmoil, revolts and the outbreak of political violence. The 20th century as a “century of violence” in particular still affects ongoing political and cultural life in Germany. The memory of political turmoil, ideological collisions and terrorist attacks left significant traces in the landscapes of German cities. Besides Berlin the Bavarian capital Munich might be one of the most shattered metropolises in contemporary Germany. Events such as the “Bavarian Soviet Republic” in 1919, Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, Munich’s characterization as “Capital of the Nazi Movement” during the 1930s and 1940s, postwar terrorist attacks such as the hostage crisis during the Olympic Games in 1972 and the bomb attack on the Oktoberfest in 1980 and two murders of the National Socialist Underground in 2001 and 2005 create a fabric of ‘resonating violence’. Munich’s neighboring Franconian metropolis Nuremberg was similarly shaped by the experience of political violence. Once, during the 1930s, the city hosted huge Nazi party conferences. Today the former convention center, fragmented ‘brutality in stone’ (Alexander Kluge), hosts a museum. After the war Nuremberg was place of several trials against Nazi perpetrators. In 1973 the radical left wing terrorist group “Revolutionary Cells” targeted the ITT Corporation, in 1979 a member of the Red Army Faction was arrested in Nuremberg. Between 2000 and 2009 the NSU committed three brutal murder and several bomb attacks in the city.

The study excursion will explore different cultural, historical and geographical traces of this troubling history. Therefore we will visit various places of memory in the Bavarian capital Munich and Franconia's metropolis Nuremberg. The tour will include remarkable memorials, monuments and museums, including historical exhibitions and famous art collections, and is based on presentations prepared by the student participants. It attempts to encounter the troubled history of Munich and Nuremberg and to introduce a multitude of partly conflicting memories within German history and political culture.

For preparation the course “German Social History in the 20th Century” (fall semester) is recommended. Parallel to the study excursion students are required to attend the course “Terrorism and Political Violence in German Public Memory and Visual Culture” (spring semester).

 

Program

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

 

 

Arrival and check-in at the Art Hotel, Paul-Heyse-Straße 10, Munich

18:00-20:00

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Arthotel bar: Meeting & becoming acquainted with the study group

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

 

Day 1 – Traces and Voids of Violence

09:30

 

Departure from hotel

10:00-12:00

 

Layers of History – Traces of Violence: A Visit to the Munich City Museum

 

 
  • Individual visit of the museum

 

 
  • Task: Finding traces (and voids) of violence in the exhibition

12:00-13:00

 

Lunch break

13:30-16:00

 

Troubling Memories and Challenging Legacies: Munich City Walking Tour

 

 
  • Visit of the Memorial for the Nazi-Persecution of Lesbians and Gays at Oberanger/Dultstrasse

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Commemorating the Fate of Homosexuals in Germany and Munich (Pablo Lessa)

 

 
  • Visit of Kurt-Eisner Monument at Oberanger, Schmidstraße 2

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Kurt Eisner and the Bavarian Soviet Republic (Sasanka Kanuparthi)

 

 
  • Visit of Kurt-Eisner Memorial at Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Kurt Eisner – Death, Memory and Legacy (Gal Givon)

17:00-19:00

 

Meeting with the Israeli Consul, Barer Str. 19 (tbc)

19:00-21:00

 

Welcome Dinner

 

 

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

Day 2 – Politics and Culture of Violence

09:00

 

Departure from hotel

09:20

 
  • Student Presentation: Munich – Capital of the Nazi Movement (Reuven Remez)

10:00-11:30

 

Nazi Legacies I - NS-Documentation Center

 

 
  • Guided tour through the exhibition

12:00-13:15

 

Nazi Legacies II - Visit of Historical Places

 

 
  • Visit of the former site of the Bürgerbräukeller at Rosenheimer Strasse 18

 

 
  • Student Presentation: The Beer Hall Putsch - History and Legacy of the Bürgerbräukeller (Sara Rosenthal)

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Georg Elser - Hero or Terrorist? (Yaniv Barzilay)

13:15-13:30

 

Lunch break

13:45-14:30

 
  • Visit of Hitler’s former home at Prinzregentenplatz 16

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Hitler - Life, Myth and Present Perception (Emma Golinker)

14:30-16:30

 

Art and Terror –Haus der Kunst

 

 
  • Student Presentation: ‘Degenerated Art’ – From an Exhibition to Violence (Noga Sagi)

 

 
  • Individual visit of the museum

 

 
  1. Expert lecture: National-Socialist Architecture by Moritz Kienast

 

 

 

17:00-18:00

 

Commemorating Resistance - “Weiße Rose” Memorial

 

 
  • Visit of the DenkStätte Weiße Rose, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Resisting Violence – “Weiße Rose” (Areej Abu Ta´a)

 

 
  1. Expert lecture: Commemorating “Weiße Rose” in Munich by Dr. Hildegard Kronawitter (in German)

 

 

 

Friday, September 1, 2017

 

Day 3 – Topographies of Terror and Resonating Violence

08:00

 

Departure from hotel and transfer to Dachau

09:00-13:30

 

Topography of Terror - Visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

 

 
  • Guided tour at the former concentration camp with focus on the early years and persecution of political opponents by Moritz Kienast

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Dachau and “the Camp” (Sofia Diordiev)

13:30-16:00

 

Lunch break and visit of the Old City in Dachau

16:00

 

Transfer to the hotel

 

 

 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

 

Day 4 – Munich Today

10:00-18:00

 

Free time

 

 

Optional offers:

10:00

 
  • Visit of the Alte Pinakothek

12:00

 
  • Visit of the Neue Pinakothek

19:00

 

Arthotel bar: Reflections and discussion

 

 

 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

 

Day 5 – Confronting and Commemorating Neo-Nazi Terrorism

08:45

 

Departure from hotel

09:00-11:00

 

A Forgotten Attack – Visit to the Theresienwiese

 

 
  • Visit of the Oktoberfest Attack Memorial at Bavariaring 5

 

 
  • Student Presentation: The Oktoberfest Attack (Noa Samuel)

09:30

 
  1. Conversation with journalist Ulrich Chaussy first at the Memorial

11:30-12:00

 

Attacking Pluralism and Democracy – Visit to the NSU Memorial at Trappentreu Strasse

 

 
  • Student Presentation: East and West - Extremist Right Terrorism after 1990 and the NSU murders in Munich (Ronit Tapiero)

12:30

 
  • Student Presentation: The NSU Trial in Munich (Yonatan Hoffman)

 

 
  1. Meeting with Robert Andreasch (NSU Watch)

13:00-14:00

 

Lunch break

14:00-16:00

 

Present Challenges – Visit to the Refugee’s Projects Auer Haus, Mariahilfplatz 10

 

 
  • Student Presentation: The Impact of Violence – Trauma and Refuge in Light of the Current Refugee Crisis (Nitzan Chelouche)

 

 
  • Meeting and learning about educational concepts

16:30-18:00

 

Coming to Terms with the Past: Munich’s Multiple Competing Memories

 

 
  • Round table discussion with experts and students from Munich

 

 

 

Monday, September 4, 2017

 

Day 6 – Expressing and Confronting Political Violence

07:30-10:00

 

Departure from the hotel and transfer to Nuremberg

 

 
  • Student Presentation: The Party Rallies – Cheering People, Marching Columns (Aliya Belokhodzhaeva)

10:00-13:30

 

Brutality in Stone – Visit to the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds

10:00-10:20

 
  • Student Presentation: Architecture – Brutality in Stone (Olga Gerasimova)

10:20-13:30

 
  • Guided tour through the museum

13:30-14:00

 

Lunch break

14:00-16:30

 

Political Violence on Trial – Visit to the Memorium Nuremberg Trials

14:00-14:20

 
  • Student Presentation: Trials against Perpetrators – From Nuremberg to Demjanjuk (Lina Kipriushina)

14:20-16:00

 
  • Visit of the Memorial

16:30-17:30

 

Continuity of Political Violence – Visit to the NSU Memorial, Am Kartäusertor

 

 
  • Student Presentation: The NSU Murders in Nuremberg (Rami Tzafon)

 

 
  1. Conversation with Birgit Meir (Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Bildung und Beratung) on commemorating the victims of the NSU

17:30-20:00

 

Free time in Nuremberg’s Old City

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 

Day 7 - Resonating Violence – 45 Years after the Munich Olympic Attack

08:00

 

Departure from hotel and transfer to Fürstenfeldbruck

08:30-13:00

 

Terror- and Memoryscapes – Visit to Fürstenfeldbruck

 

 
  • Visit of the Memorial plaque at the Old Tower of the airbase

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Background of the Munich Olympics Hostage Crisis in 1972 (Daria Kuklinskaia)

 

 
  • Student Presentation: The Failed Rescue Attempt at Fürstenfeldbruck Airbase (Alina Sarycheva)

 

 
  • Visit of the Commemoration Site outside the Fürstenfeldbruck Airbase

 

 
  1. Conversation with the artist Hannes L. Goetz

11:00

 
  • Public Commemoration Event for the Victims of the Munich Olympic Attack

13:00

 

Return to Munich

14:00-15:00

 

Lunch break

15:00-18:00

 

Jewish Past and Present – The St. Jakobs-Platz as Memory Place

 

 
  • Student Presentation: A Brief History of Violence and Threats against the Munich Jewish Community (Jemal Yaryyeva)

15:30-17:00

 
  • Guided tour through the Jewish Museum

17:00

 
  1. Meeting with Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern, former President of Central Council of Jews in Germany

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 

Day 8 – Troubled Histories and Conflicting Memories

08:00

 

Departure from hotel

08:30-10:30

 

Resonating Violence – Commemorating Terrorism in Munich

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Violent 1970 – Anti-Israeli Attacks in Munich preceding the Olympic Attack (David Amichai)

 

 
  • Visit of Memorial Sites at Connollystraße 33, Hans Braun Brücke in the Olympiapark

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Commemorating the Olympic Attack from 1972 in Munich (Marc Brüggemann)

11:00-14:00

 
  • Ceremony for the Inauguration of the New Commemoration Site for the Victims of the Munich Olympic Attack - BMW Welt

14:30-15:30

 
  • Visit of the newly inaugurated Munich Olympic Attack 1972 Memorial Site

 

 
  1. Conversation with Journalist Kassian Stroh (Süddeutsche Zeitung)- in German

16:00-18:00

 

Protest, Culture and Modernity – Pinakothek der Moderne

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Munich’s 1968 – From Gruppe S.P.U.R. to Teufel and Kunzelmann’s Tupamaros (Noa Swissa)

 

 
  • Individual visit of the Museum

18:30-19:30

 

Forgotten Memories of Terrorism – Visit to Englischer Garten

 

 
  • Student Presentation: Revolutionary Cell / Carlos-Group attack on Radio Free Europe (Piotr Malochwiej)

 

 
  • Student Presentation: RAF attacks on Ernst Zimmermann / MTU (1985) and Karl-Heinz Beckurts/Siemens (1986) (Caitlin Doherty)

20:00

 

Farewell Dinner at the Restaurant

 

 

 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

 

 

Departure

 

2015/16: Flexible Borders: Cultural, Political and Economic Interactions between North Germany and Denmark

Flexible Borders:

Cultural, Political and Economic Interactions between North Germany and Denmark

Dr. Yaakov Ben-Meir

June 20 - July 1, 2016

The geography of the Jutland peninsula is determined by the North Sea to its west, the Baltic Sea to its east, and the Elbe River to its south. Nevertheless, its south is nowadays governed by the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost state of the German Federation, and its north by Denmark. The area of Schleswig-Holstein and South Denmark had been disputed since the middle ages till World War II. During the middle ages, the area was the border between the Holy Roman Empire and the Vikings, with the Hansa League having strong economic and commercial interests invested in it; during the nineteenth century, it was the focus of conflict between the Kingdom of Denmark, Prussia, and Austro-Hungary. The study excursion will explore the recurrent changes in of borders between Germany and Denmark in this disputed area, and will focus on the cultural interactions between northern Germany and Denmark which visually constructed its multi-culturalism. The excursion will start in Hamburg, which lies on the River Elbe, will continue further north in cities such as Lübeck and Schleswig, and will be concluded in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

Main topics:

  • Shared historical and cultural background to German and Danish Jutland: the Vikings and Lutheranism.
  • The German Hanse League cities from the middle Ages till the 16th century: interaction and rivalry with Denmark.
  • The nineteenth century: the Schleswig Wars, the rebuilding of Hamburg.
  • Post- World War II art and architecture in North Germany and Denmark.

Program

Day 1, Monday, June 20: Flight

Day 2, Tuesday, June 21: Modernist Hamburg, 1842-1937
10:00     Deichstraße
10:30     Sankt Nikolai Kirche
Presentation: Operation Gomorrha: The objectives and aftermath of the bombing of Hamburg during World War II
12:00     Rathaus (Martin Haller, 1886-1897)
13:30     Jungfernstieg
15:00     Hamburg Dammtor
16:00     Laeiszhalle and Hamburger Symphony (Martin Haller, 1904-1908)
18:00     Grindelhochhäuser, Hamburg

Day 3, Wednesday, June 22: Hamburger Commerce and the Sea
09:00     Afrikahaus (Martin Haller, 1899) and Chilehaus (Fritz Höger, 1922-24)
09:30     Speicherstadt
10:00     Elbphilharmonie and Hafencity
12:00     Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg (Local: North German, Danish) / Meeting
14:30     Deichtorhallen
16:30     BallinStadt
Presentation: Albert Ballin and the Hamburg-America Line

Day 4, Thursday, June 23: Religious Toleration and Intoleration: Sankt Pauli and Altona
10:00     Hamburger Kunsthalle (permanent collection, Manet exhibition)
14:30     Sankt Michaelis
Presentation: Lutheranism in Hamburg and North Germany and Johannes Bugenhagen
15:30     Sankt Pauli Landungsbrücken
16:00     Bismarck-Denkmal
17:00     Jüdischer Friedhof Altona
Presentation: History of the Jewish communites in Altona
18:00     Platz der Republik and Altonaer Rathaus

Day 5, Friday, June 24: Lübeck: the Queen of the Hansa
11:30     Salzspeicher and Holstentor
12:30     Europäisches Hansemuseum
Presentation: The economic and political system of the Hansa cities and their competition with Denmark
15:30     Sankt Marien in Lübeck

Day 6, Saturday, June 25: Lübeck, Santiago and Jerusalem
10:00     Buddenbrookhaus
13:00     Heiligen Geist Hospital
13:30     Sankt Jakobi and Kreuzweg
Presentation: The Kreuzweg of Sankt Jakobi and Jerusalem Translations

Day 7, Sunday, June 26: Dannevirke and Schleswig
10:00     Gästehaus der Landesregierung, Kiel
13:00     Dannevirke Archeological Park
14:00     Wikinger Museum Haithabu
15:30     Schloss Gottorf
Presentation: The geo-political background of the Second Schleswig War
Presentation: The Second Schleswig War, its aftermath and the Austro-Prussian War

19:00     Walk through Schleswig

Day 8, Monday, June 27: From Germany to Denmark
09:30     Schloss Glücksburg
10:30     Marineschule Mürwik
Presentation: The Imperial German navy from the 1890's till World War I
13:30     Frøslev Camp Museum
Presentation: The German occupation of Denmark during World War II
16:30     Jelling
Evening in Fredericia

Day 9, Tuesday, June 28: From the Jutland to Copenhagen
12:00     Kronborg Slot
14:00     Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Day 10, Wednesday, June 29: Free day in Copenhagen

Day 11, Thursday, June 30: Copenhagen
10:00     Christiansborg Slot
12:00     Børsen
12:30     Københavns Rådhus
13:00     Sankt Petri Kirke
Presentation: The 1920 plebiscite in Schleswig and the German minority in Denmark
14:30     Statens Museum for Kunst
16:30     Frederiksstaden

Day 12, Friday, July 1: Flight