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). 



Thursday, 10 May 2018 (Holiday – Ascension of Christ)



Arrival Berlin




Hôtel De France, Müllerstraße 74, 13349 Berlin



Free day in Berlin




Friday, 11 May 2018 (Shabbat begins at 20:31)



Meeting with Mr. Florian Fangmann, Director of the Centre Français, located in the hotel



Guided Tour through the Political Archive of the Foreign Ministry (Kurstraße 36)



Walking tour: German-French History in Berlin




Gendarmen Markt und Französischer Dom




Ayelet Schneider: The French Dom – Huguenots in Berlin




James McIntosh: Voltaire and Friedrich the Great



Security check at the Bundestag



Guided Tour through the Bundestag



Lunch at Paul-Löbe-Haus (PLH) and meeting with Christiane Recker, a member of the German-French parliamentary group (6.90€)



Walking tour: German-French Traces in Berlin




Brandenburger Tor and Pariser Platz




Aviya Yatzkan: The Quadriga








Elisha Hersberg: Bebel Square



Hausvogteiplatz to Alexanderplatz (U2) to Bernauer Straße (U8)



Berlin Wall Memorial



Nitzan Chelouche: Berlin Wall Memorial and the French Artists



Bernauer Straße to Osloer Straße (U8) to Hansaplatz (U9)






Alisa Alexandrov: Column of Victory



Tiergarten (S) to Savignyplatz



Maison de France



Idan Levy: Maison de France – History and Attack in 1983



Optional: Shabbat dinner at Chabad Alexander Platz (15€ per person at 19:30;  (walking distance to hotel 1:23)




Saturday, 12 May 2018 (Shabbat ends at 21:56)



Departure from hotel



Guided architectural tour of the French Sector (Cité Foch) by Christiane Bogelt, architect and city planner (walking distance)



Griffin Elbron: French Allies in Berlin



Optional: Visit of Schloß Charlottenburg and the French Garden



Lecture about Alsace by French writer Pascale Hugues at the hotel




Sunday, 13 May 2018



Transfer to Weimar



Weimarer Marktplatz



Elisa Aschheim: Goethe and the French – Goethe´s Travel to France



Majdal Hindi: The “Weimar Triangle”



Transfer to Sankt Goarshausen



Rhine-Tour from Sankt Goarshausen to Bingen



Erez Boukai: Lorely



Noa Swisa: The Rabbi von Bacherach




Hotel Krone, Rheinkai 19-20, 55411 Bingen am Rhein



Free evening in Bingen




Monday, 14 May 2018



Departure from hotel to Saarland



Guided Tour through Saarbrücken by Joachim Radewahn



Lunch at the Café am Schloß (10€ to 20€)



Departure to France



Noga Sagi: Ligne Maginot



Guided tour of the fortifications “Ouvrage Hackenberg”



Transfer to Metz




IBIS Metz Centre Cathedrale, 47 rue Chambière, 57000 Metz



Dinner break



Visit to the Metz Cathedrale



Elisheva Moatti: Pippinids and Carolingians




Tuesday, 15 May 2018



Orel Amouyal: The German-French Brigade



Visit of the 3e Régiment de Hussards in Metz (Quartier Séré-de-Rivières) and meeting with Lieutenant Jonathan Naegele, German-French Brigade



Transfer to Verdun and lunch on the bus



Visit of the Mémorial de Verdun



Group discussion



Transfer to Reims



Visit in Reims



Orly Volshtein: The Reims Cathedral



Ronit Tapiero: Return to Reims by Didier Eribon



Transfer to Paris




Lodge In, 2-16 rue Thèroigne de Mèricourt, 75013 Paris




Wednesday, 16 May 2018



Departure from hotel



Walking tour: German-French traces in Paris




Bir Hakeim




Sagi Krispin: France and the German Occupation




Velodrome d´hiver




Shaked Rogel: Velodrome d´hiver




Place Marlène Dietrich




Sharon Ohayon: Marlène Dietrich and Romy Schneider




L´Arc de Triomphe




Sofia Diordiev: L´Arc de Triomphe




Place de la Concorde



Lunch break at the Musée de l’Armée



Musée de l’Armée – L'Historial Charles de Gaulle



Visit of Montmartre Cemetery



Sue Landesman: Montmartre Cemetery and Jacque Offenbach




Thursday, 17 May 2018



Departure from hotel



The Francois-Mitterrand Library and Plantu exhibition



Freedom Library



Tamara Valiyeva: Paris as Exile



Rue de Tournon and Jardin du Luxembourg



Lunch break



CIERA – DAAD supported network of institutions and researchers working on Germany and Franco-German topics, Maison de la Recherche
28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris



Concluding conference:

Roundtable discussion with Prof. Nicolas Hubé, Prof. Michael Werner and Zeit correspondent Georg Blume

Moderator: Dr. Gisela Dachs



Free evening in Paris




Friday, 18 May 2018 (Shabbat begins at 18:51)



Departure from hotel


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).



Tuesday, August 29, 2017



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



Arthotel bar: Meeting & becoming acquainted with the study group




Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Day 1 – Traces and Voids of Violence



Departure from hotel



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



Lunch break



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)



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



Welcome Dinner




Thursday, August 31, 2017


Day 2 – Politics and Culture of Violence



Departure from hotel


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



Nazi Legacies I - NS-Documentation Center


  • Guided tour through the exhibition



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)



Lunch break


  • Visit of Hitler’s former home at Prinzregentenplatz 16


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



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






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



Departure from hotel and transfer to Dachau



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)



Lunch break and visit of the Old City in Dachau



Transfer to the hotel




Saturday, September 2, 2017


Day 4 – Munich Today



Free time



Optional offers:


  • Visit of the Alte Pinakothek


  • Visit of the Neue Pinakothek



Arthotel bar: Reflections and discussion




Sunday, September 3, 2017


Day 5 – Confronting and Commemorating Neo-Nazi Terrorism



Departure from hotel



A Forgotten Attack – Visit to the Theresienwiese


  • Visit of the Oktoberfest Attack Memorial at Bavariaring 5


  • Student Presentation: The Oktoberfest Attack (Noa Samuel)


  1. Conversation with journalist Ulrich Chaussy first at the Memorial



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)


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


  1. Meeting with Robert Andreasch (NSU Watch)



Lunch break



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



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



Departure from the hotel and transfer to Nuremberg


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



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


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


  • Guided tour through the museum



Lunch break



Political Violence on Trial – Visit to the Memorium Nuremberg Trials


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


  • Visit of the Memorial



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



Free time in Nuremberg’s Old City




Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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



Departure from hotel and transfer to Fürstenfeldbruck



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


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



Return to Munich



Lunch break



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)


  • Guided tour through the Jewish Museum


  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



Departure from hotel



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)


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


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


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



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



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)



Farewell Dinner at the Restaurant




Thursday, September 7, 2017





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.


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