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Event accompanying the exhibition "Berlin - Minsk. Unforgotten life stories"

"The woman reborn three times"

Discussion with a witness from the time: Maja Levina Krapina, survivor of the Minsk ghetto

in the Mitte Museum on Thursday, 30 January 2013, 5 p.m.

Maja Krapina, Foto: PrivatbesitzThe Berlin-Minsk exhibition. The "Unforgotten life histories" exhibition presents six biographies of Berlin Jews who were deported to the Minsk ghetto in 1941, along with two Belarusian life stories. One of these biographies provides insight into the life of Maja Krapina, born in 1935, who lived in Minsk along with her parents, four brothers and sisters and her grandparents. When the German Wehrmacht bombarded the Belarusian capital in 1941, Maja's father tried to flee with his children - in vain. Three weeks later the family had to move to the 2 square kilometre ghetto together with more than 50,000 Jewish men, women and children. During the 28 months of the ghetto’s existence, almost all of Maja Krapina's relatives were murdered.

Shortly before the closure of the Minsk ghetto in October 1943, Maja Krapina managed to flee with her older brother and another 40 children.

Today Maja Krapina lives in Minsk and as a survivor actively works to promote remembrance of National-Socialist crimes.

Programme items:

Presentation of the IBB (International Educational and Meeting Place) initiative for a Trostenets memorial

Lecture on the Minsk ghetto and the destruction site of Maly Trostenets
Talk with survivor Maja Krapina, with subsequent discussion

<more> on the exhibition: "Berlin - Minsk"

An event organised by the

Humboldt-Universität (Humboldt University) zu Berlin / Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften (Institute for Historic Studies) / Lehrstuhl für Deutsche
Geschichte (Chair of German History of the 20th century) with a focus on National Socialism
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The journey of Maja Krapina is supported by the "Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunft (Remembrance, Responsibility, Future)" foundation.

Funded by the solidarity fund of Hans-Böckler-Stiftung and the Department of Special Commissioners for Holocaust Remembrance, Relations to Jewish Organisations and Anti-Semitic Issues with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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