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Berlin - Minsk

Unforgotten life stories

On 14. November 1941 and 24. June 1942, a total of 1,200 Jewish men, women and children were deported from Berlin to the Minsk Ghetto and to the nearby extermination camp of Trostenez. The biographies of these people were mainly unknown, the history of their lives seemed to be forgotten.

Die junge Familie Kalischer; Peter, Else und Fritz Kalischer 1917 (von links). Quelle: Privatbesitz Maija Krapina wurde sowjetische Meisterin in Akrobatik und trat später zusammen mit ihrem Mann auf einer weißrussischen Varieté-Bühne auf. Quelle: Privatbesitz Sima Margolina 1954. Quelle: Privatbesitz

In 2009, students from Humboldt-Universität in Berlin started researching the biographies of Jews who were deported from Berlin to Minsk. During their research, the students contacted relatives who relayed their memories and contributed their own documents and photos. The exhibition that resulted from this research presented selected biographies, among them two Byelorussian life stories. The exhibition, memorial book and website - www.berlin-minsk.de - provide a tangible means by which to remember the life stories of some of the Jews who were persecuted and killed.

The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the Centrum Judaicum (Centre for Judaism), the Internationale Bildungs- und Begegnungsstätte Johannes Rau in Minsk (Johannes Rau International Educational and Meeting Place in Minsk), the Geschichtswerkstatt Minsk (History Workshop in Minsk) and the Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe).

Maja Krapina und Mann, 1969, Quelle: PrivatbesitzMaja Krapina and husband, 1969, source: Private property
Accompanying event: Thu, 30 January 2014 at 5 p.m.
"The woman reborn three times"
Meeting with Maja Levina Krapina, survivor of the Minsk Ghetto
We invite all interested parties to meet Maja Krapina. During her brief stay in Berlin, Ms. Krapina will be a guest of the Mitte Museum, and will give listeners the opportunity to hear her story and experience of living through history. <view more>

Opening: 10 October 2013 at 5 p.m.

Exhibition dates: 13 October 2013 to 27 April 2014

Contact:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Department of History / Chair in German History of the 20th century of the 20th century with a focus on National Socialism
E-mail: schneiderkristin@web.de and anja.reuss@ymail.com

Supported by the Solidarity Fund of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, and the Department of Special Commissioners for Holocaust Remembrance, Relations to Jewish Organisations and Anti-Semitic Issues, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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