Roundtable Discussion - Germany and the Refugee-Crisis - Opportunities and Risks

Mon, 16/05/201618:30-20:00
Mount Scopus Bronfman Hall (The Sherman Administration Building)

Roundtable Discussion

Germany and the Refugee-Crisis – Opportunities and Risks


Prof. Asher Cohen, Rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ms. Monika Iwersen, Deputy Head of Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Prof. Noam Shoval, Head of the DAAD Center for German Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem



Prof. Moshe Zimmermann

Prof. Zimmerman was born in Jerusalem in 1943 and is Professor Emeritus of German History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; from 1986 to 2012 he was Director of the university’s Richard Koebner Center for German History. He is the author of many publications in German, English, and Hebrew about nationalism, anti-Semitism, the history of sport, the history of film, and German Jewish history. Prof. Zimmerman’s recent books include Deutsche gegen Deutsche. Das Schicksal der Juden 1938-1945 (Berlin, 2008/Tel Aviv, 2013); Die Angst vor dem Frieden (Berlin, 2012); (with Conze, Frei, and Hayes) Das Amt und seine Vergangenheit (München, 2010).


Dr. Sylke Tempel

Dr. Tempel studied Political Science and Jewish Studies and wrote her doctorate on “The Relations between American Jewish Organizations and the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945.” She is chief editor of the Berlin Policy Journal, published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Since 1994 she has been teaching in the Stanford University Overseas Studies Program at the Freie Universität Berlin. In October 2003 she received the renowned Quadriga Prize for her book We Both Want to Live Here, an edited exchange of letters between Odelia Ainbinder, a young Israeli woman, and Amal Rifa’i, a young Palestinian woman.


Dr. Necla Kelek

Dr. Kelek was born in Istanbul and moved with her parents to Germany at the age of 10. She studied Economics and Sociology and wrote her doctorate on “Islam in Everyday Life.” She was appointed by the German Ministry of Interior as a permanent member of the German Islam Conference (2005-2009); she serves as Senate member of the German National Foundation, and is a board member of Terre des Femmes and the Darboven Foundation. She lives and works in Berlin as a freelance author and journalist.


Olaf Sundermeyer

Olaf Sundermeyer studied Law and Journalism in Germany and Communications in Cuba. He works for national editorial departments in print media, such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and in radio and television. Since 2012 his permanent editorial office is at the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. His current work focuses on right-wing extremism. Sundermeyer is the author of several books and lives in Berlin. Most recently he published the book Right-Wing Terror in Germany: A History of Violence.




Gisela Dachs, Journalist „Die Zeit“



May 16th, 2016, 18:30

Mount Scopus Bronfman Hall (The Sherman Administration Building)

Reception at 18:00



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