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). 

Program

 

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

06:20

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Departure with LY2371

09:40

 

Arrival Berlin

 

 

Check-in:

Hôtel De France, Müllerstraße 74, 13349 Berlin

 

 

Free day in Berlin

 

 

 

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

08:20-08:50

 

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

09:30-10:30

 

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

10:30-12:00

 

Walking tour: German-French History in Berlin

 

 

 

Gendarmen Markt und Französischer Dom

 

 

10:40-10:50

Ayelet Schneider: The French Dom – Huguenots in Berlin

 

 

10:50-11:00

James McIntosh: Voltaire and Friedrich the Great

11:30

 

Security check at the Bundestag

12:00-13:30

 

Guided Tour through the Bundestag

13:30-14:30

 

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

14:30-16:00

 

Walking tour: German-French Traces in Berlin

 

 

 

Brandenburger Tor and Pariser Platz

 

 

14:40-14:50

Aviya Yatzkan: The Quadriga

 

 

 

Bebelplatz

 

 

15:10-15:20

Elisha Hersberg: Bebel Square

15:45-16:15

 

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

16:15-17:15

 

Berlin Wall Memorial

 

 

Nitzan Chelouche: Berlin Wall Memorial and the French Artists

17:30-18:00

 

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

 

 

Siegessäule

18:15-18:30

 

Alisa Alexandrov: Column of Victory

18:45-19:55

 

Tiergarten (S) to Savignyplatz

 

 

Maison de France

19:10-19:20

 

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)

09:45

 

Departure from hotel

11:00-12:30

 

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

 

 

Griffin Elbron: French Allies in Berlin

15:00

 

Optional: Visit of Schloß Charlottenburg and the French Garden

18:30

 

Lecture about Alsace by French writer Pascale Hugues at the hotel

 

 

 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

06:30-10:30

 

Transfer to Weimar

10:30-11:30

 

Weimarer Marktplatz

 

 

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

 

 

Majdal Hindi: The “Weimar Triangle”

11:30-16:30

 

Transfer to Sankt Goarshausen

17:10-20:00

 

Rhine-Tour from Sankt Goarshausen to Bingen

 

 

Erez Boukai: Lorely

 

 

Noa Swisa: The Rabbi von Bacherach

 

 

Check-in:

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

 

 

Free evening in Bingen

 

 

 

Monday, 14 May 2018

08:00-10:00

 

Departure from hotel to Saarland

10:00-12:00

 

Guided Tour through Saarbrücken by Joachim Radewahn

12:00-13:00

 

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

13:00

 

Departure to France

14:30-14:45

 

Noga Sagi: Ligne Maginot

15:00-17:30

 

Guided tour of the fortifications “Ouvrage Hackenberg”

17:30-19:30

 

Transfer to Metz

 

 

Check-in:

IBIS Metz Centre Cathedrale, 47 rue Chambière, 57000 Metz

20:00-21:00

 

Dinner break

21:00-22:00

 

Visit to the Metz Cathedrale

 

 

Elisheva Moatti: Pippinids and Carolingians

 

 

 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

08:45-09:00

 

Orel Amouyal: The German-French Brigade

09:00-11:00

 

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

11:00-13:00

 

Transfer to Verdun and lunch on the bus

13:00-14:30

 

Visit of the Mémorial de Verdun

14:30-15:30

 

Group discussion

16:00-17:30

 

Transfer to Reims

17:30-21:00

 

Visit in Reims

 

 

Orly Volshtein: The Reims Cathedral

 

 

Ronit Tapiero: Return to Reims by Didier Eribon

21:00-23:00

 

Transfer to Paris

 

 

Check-in:

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

 

 

 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

08:30

 

Departure from hotel

09:00-13:30

 

Walking tour: German-French traces in Paris

 

 

09:00-11:00

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

 

 

11:00-12:00

L´Arc de Triomphe

 

 

 

Sofia Diordiev: L´Arc de Triomphe

 

 

12:30-13:00

Place de la Concorde

13:30-14:00

 

Lunch break at the Musée de l’Armée

14:00-15:00

 

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

16:00-18:00

 

Visit of Montmartre Cemetery

 

 

Sue Landesman: Montmartre Cemetery and Jacque Offenbach

 

 

 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

09:30

 

Departure from hotel

10:00-11:00

 

The Francois-Mitterrand Library and Plantu exhibition

11:30-12:00

 

Freedom Library

 

 

Tamara Valiyeva: Paris as Exile

12:45-13:00

 

Rue de Tournon and Jardin du Luxembourg

13:00-15:00

 

Lunch break

15:00-17:00

 

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)

07:30

 

Departure from hotel

11:30

 

Departure with LY320

16:50

 

Arrival in Tel Aviv