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Charlottengrad and Scheunenviertel

Scholars to Discuss East European Jewish Migrants in Berlin during the 1920/30s at Jewish Museum Berlin, October 18 and 19, 2009

№ 252/2009 from Sep 29, 2009

East European Jewish migration in Berlin between 1918 and 1939 is the theme of an international conference "Transit and Transformation" to be held October 18 and 19, 2009, at the Jewish Museum Berlin, under the direction of Prof. Gertrud Pickhan and Dr. Verena Dohrn, Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. The conference will be translated simultaneouly into German, English, and Russian. Please register by phone or e-mail. Partifipation is free of charge.

Since the end of the 19th century, Berlin was simultaneously a refuge and an intermediate station for Jews from Eastern Europe. During the Weimar Republic Berlin was one of the largest centers of migration in Europe. The migrants were part of German-Jewish and historical "Russian" Berlin and yet retained their cultural and mental characteristics. Scheunenviertel and Charlottengrad were the centers of life of the migrants, who made the German capital a hub of Jewish culture and were also part of the multicultural urban landscape. The conference will focus on their experiences, perceptions, and survival strategies.

The conference participants will include scholars from Israel, the United States, Russia, England, and Germany, as well as members of the international, interdisciplinary DFG (German Research Foundation) research group on "Charlottengrad and Scheunenviertel: East European Jewish Migrants in Berlin during the 1920/30s." In the keynote address opening the conference, Professor Dan Diner, director of the Simon Dubnow Institute at the University of Leipzig, will speak on "A Brief Jewish Axis Period: 1918–1938 as an Existential Constellation."

The conference is being organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG) research group on "Charlottengrad and Scheunenviertel: East European Jewish Migrants in Berlin during the 1920/30s" in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Academic Consortium of the Leo Baeck Institute.

For further information, please contact:

Alina Bothe, Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for East European Studies, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838–54587, Email:

Conference Registration:

Jewish Museum Berlin, Björn Borrmann, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 2599 – 3353

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