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Germany after 1945: A Society Confronts Antisemitism, Racism & Neo-Nazism
Start Date: 4/17/2013Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 4/17/2013End Time: 8:00 PM
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Event Description:
Exhibition Opening Event to launch an exhibition by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation.

Exhibition opening program followed by a reception:
Welcoming Address:
++ Jeffrey Peck, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Opening Remarks:
++ Bernd Reindl, Consul, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York
++ Martin Salm, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (EVZ)
++ Anetta Kahane, Executive Director, Amadeu Antonio Foundation, Berlin Introduction
++ Andrés Nader, Director, Regional Center for Education, Integration and Democracy

Berlin Roundtable:
++ Moderator: Katherine Pence, Chair and Associate Professor of History, CUNY Baruch College
++ Young-Sun Hong, Associate Professor of History, SUNY Stony Brook
++ Anetta Kahane, Executive Director, Amadeu Antonio Foundation
++ Sara Lennox, Professor Emeritus of German & Scandinavian Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
++ Andrés Nader, Regional Center for Education, Integration and Democracy
++ Ela Gezen, Assistant Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
++ Peggy Piesche, Visiting Instructor of German and Russian, Hamilton College
++ Frank Mecklenburg, Director of Research, Chief Archivist, Leo Baeck Institute

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About the Exhibition:
Neo-Nazis have killed over 180 people in Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This official statistic is a fraction of the crimes committed by neo-Nazis in contemporary Germany. More problematic than the number of neo-Nazis and the hate crime statistic is the overlap between neo-Nazi ideology and mainstream thinking, for example, when people “forget” that Jewish, Muslim, Black and Roma people as well as a great variety of immigrants and their descendants are an integral part of German history and of life in Germany today.

This exhibition is about that repeated, willful “forgetting” and its consequences. It is about antisemitism, racism, and neo-Nazi ideology -- the kinds of things that the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 and German society’s long and earnest process of confronting the Holocaust were supposed to have done away with. Germany today is a solid, successful, and in some ways exemplary democracy, one that goes to great lengths to face up to its wrongful past. At the same time, antisemitism, racism, and neo-Nazism persist.

This exhibition is about the ways in which this society, historically and in the present, draws the line between those who belong and those who don’t, and about the role the confrontation with the Nazi past plays in such line drawing. By bringing this exhibition to the United States, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation seeks to amplify discussion about the necessity of facing up to the past and of actively opposing prejudice and hatred in the present.

The exhibition is located in the Baruch Performing Arts Center lobby, Lexington Ave. & 25th St., and is accessible from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm -- April 17 to May 13.
Location Information:
Baruch College - Newman Vertical Campus  (View Map)
55 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
New York
Room: Engelman Recital Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Katherine Pence
Phone: 646-312-4310
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