Two Days – Two Events – and You’re Invited to Both!

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The Stan Greenspon Center, in partnership with Centropa, the Levine Jewish Community Center and the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Washington and Munich, bring you two very special events this April. Both events are made possible through a Deutschland Jahr 2019 grant of the German Embassy in Washington, DC.

Germany Today: Facing the Past and the Future of Memory

Please join us for a special evening when the Levine JCC and the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice host a panel discussion with three German historians. Our guests will speak on:

  • The efforts Germany (in general) and Bavaria (in particular) have made over the past six decades to come to terms with the Holocaust and
  • How to teach this subject in today’s classrooms at both a university and high school level.
  • We will open the floor for discussion with our guests afterwards.

The panel guests are:  Prof. Dr. Matthias Stickler, Scientific Director, Institute of History, Julius-Maximilians-University of Wurzburg, Dr. Stefanie Pilzweger-Steiner: Senior Research Advisor, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and Dr. Robert Sigel Office of the Bavarian State Government Commissioner against Antisemitism Bavarian State Ministry of Education Germany.

The moderator is: Edward Serotta, director of the Vienna-based Jewish historical institute, Centropa.

Introductory remarks by Germany’s Consul General in Atlanta, Dr. Heike Fuller.

When: Tuesday, April 16 7:00–8:30pm
Where: Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts at the Levine JCC
Shalom Park 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226 704-366-5007


Teaching the Past in the Future. Using personal stories in Holocaust education. A view from Greensboro and Charlotte, Vienna and Munich

Shelly Weiner has a story to tell. When she was 4 years old, Shelly’s mother and aunt grabbed Shelly and her cousin Raya and fled into the woods near the Polish (now Ukrainian) city of Rivne.

As more than 17,500 Jews of Rivne were being shot, the two mothers and their daughters knocked on the door of a farmer and begged him to hide them. He did. For 28 months.

We invite area educators to meet Shelly and view the short film that tells her story.

Edward Serotta, the director of Centropa, a Jewish historical institute in Vienna, will speak to us about how he and Shelly Weiner created the film and how they hope it will impact those who encounter the story. We have invited North Carolina teachers who have experienced the Centropa Summer Program to discuss how they use this film in their classrooms.

We welcome special guests from the German state of Bavaria:

  • Daniel Hess is a history teacher in Munich. Daniel and one of his star students, Marie Ratzke, will tell us about how students in Daniel’s class have been creating Holocaust-related projects.
  • Levi Ufferfilge, a teacher in Munich’s Jewish high school, will speak on using personal stories in his classes.
  • Sarah Oettl of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education will speak about Holocaust education in Bavaria.
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Join us for appetizers at 6 pm followed by the movie screening and discussion
Where: Ketner Auditorium at Queens University of Charlotte
1900 Selwyn Avenue Charlotte, NC 28207

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