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“Planning a Genocide” – House of the Wannsee Conference
Tuesday, 23.10.2018 | 09.30 – 12.30 h – bilingual –
In this house – a former industrialist’s villa built in 1915 and used from 1941 to 1945 by the SS as a conference centre and guest house – on 20th January 1942, fifteen high-ranking representatives of the SS, the NSDAP and various ministries met to discuss their cooperation in the planned deportation and murder of the European Jews.
The Memorial Site offers exhibitions and a number of possibilities for studying the persecution and murder of the European jews and the history of National socialism, its prehistory and consequences.
Meeting point/End: Entrance Hotel Sofitel, Augsburger Str. 41, 10789 Berlin Public transport: U1, U9 Kurfürstendamm; S3, S5, S7, S9 Zoologischer Garten, Bus M19, M29, M46, X10, 109, 110, 204 U-Bhf. Kurfürstendamm Charges: EUR 20 per person (incl. transfer) Registration:online
“From Baroque to Classicism” – Potsdam
Wednesday, 24.10.2018 | 10.00 – 17.00 h – English –
Hundred years ago the monarchy in Germany came to an end after WW1. To commemorate this historical event, a new exhibition in the baroque palace “Neues Palais” showcases the life of the last German emperor, who preferred this place as his favorite home for over 20 years, and the use of the palace in the years after. The exhibition consists of 15 stages showing what has happened in the days right after the revolution and is integrated into the marvelous period rooms in baroque style of Frederik the Great, including the famous marble hall which has been restored shortly.
Jörg Kirschstein, curator of Babelsberg Palace, profound expert of the Hohenzollern family and author of several books, will guide you, also through a part of the park which was used privately by the imperial family.
At midday you have the opportunity to discover Potsdam on your own. Take a stroll through the dutch quarter or the baroque inner city, have a little lunch or do some shopping.
The afternoon program with the visit of Schloss Glienicke offers a nice contrast to the opulent splendor of the “Neues Palais”. Planed and erected in 1824 by the famous architect and designer Karl-Friedrich Schinkel, this plain and elegant building, more like a villa rather than a palace, demonstrates the change of taste to classicism in that time. Also it reflects the desire for Italy of Prince Carl of Prussia. During the mandatory “gentleman’s tour” he spent a year abroad in Italy and wanted to bring the Italian style to the barren and sandy grounds of Prussia. The result is a piece of Italy with, beside the villa, a conservatory, a campanile and several belvederes. All over the place you can see antique objects found or bought by the prince during his trip. Also the interiors were designed by Schinkel with vibrant colors and unpretentious furniture. Located at a beautiful lakeside near the famous Glienicker Brücke, the estate is surrounded by lush gardens, created by garden architect Peter Joseph Lenné. Where ever possible, the former visual axis to several “points de vue” of the cultural landscape had been rebuilt. The only museum of court gardeners in Europe is situated aside and will be visited during the tour
Meeting point/End: Entrance Hotel Sofitel, Augsburger Str. 41, 10789 Berlin Public transport: U1, U9 Kurfürstendamm; S3, S5, S7, S9 Zoologischer Garten, Bus M19, M29, M46, X10, 109, 110, 204 U-Bhf. Kurfürstendamm Charges: EUR 50 per person Registration:online
“Mythos Germania” – Berliner Unterwelten
Thursday, 25.10.2018 | 10.30 – 12.00 h – bilingual –
The vast project of planning Hitler´s Germania was not meant merely to serve Berlin´s citizens with a modernized habitat, but rather as a representation of the Nazi regime´s sheer power. With a project that seemed inconceivable to most, the foundations were supported by Speer´s policies of expulsion, deportation and slave labour.
By combining these factors, we can see how the attempted development on this new metropolis was inevitably linked with crimes against humanity.
The exhibition displays the architecture and urban planning in Berlin during the Nazi era, the ideological objectives of the Nazi regime and the criminal methods used in its pursuit. With these goals in mind, the exhibition attempts to analyse and deconstruct the legends surrounding the hotly debated subject of the “World Capital of Germania”.
Meeting point/End: Intermediate floor of the nothern entrance hall U-Bhf. Gesundbrunnen (Badstr. with Behmstr.) Public transport: U8 und S1, S2, S25, S26, S41/42 Gesundbrunnen, Bus 247 Gesundbrunnen Charges: EUR 20 per person Registration:online
“A journey under the skin” – Museum of Medical History
Thursday, 25.10.218 | 14.00 – 16.30 h – bilingual –
The Berlin Museum of Medical History is an institution of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and is located in the former museum building of the Pathological Institute on the traditional grounds of the Charité (Campus Mitte).
The museum’s permanent exhibition “On the Trace of Life” provides a path through medical history over the past 300 years. The presentation follows the ever-changing historical view of and into the body, finally arriving at the “recipient” of medicine, the patient, and the possibilities inherent in today’s medicine. The heart of the museum is still the specimen hall with around 750 pathologic-anatomical wet and dry preparations on display in this area.
Accompanying the visit to the museum there will be a walk through the historical place with explanations about the architecture.
Meeting point/End: Entrance of the Medizinhistorisches Museum, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin Public transport: U6 Naturkundemuseum, S3, S5, S7, S75 Hauptbahnhof, Bus 123, 142,147, 245 Invalidenpark Charges: EUR 20 per person Registration:online
“The Centre of Power” – Chancellary
Friday, 26.10.2018 | 09.00 – 11.00 h – English –
The construction of the Chancellery by the architects Axel Schultes und Charlotte Frank was already started under Helmut Kohl but finished only in 2001. It is the biggest government headquarter in the world.
With its interesting outside architecture it awakes a curiosity for the inside. In this tour you will have the chance to look behind the curtains!
Due to the limited number of visitors, only two tickets per registration can be purchased. For the visit you will need a personal document. The security measures are similar to an airport: bags will be controlled and liquids are aloud up to 100 ml.
Meeting point/End: At the blue pillar in front of the Swiss Embassy, Otto-von-Bismarck-Allee, 10557 Berlin Public transport: U55 Bundestag, S5, S7, S75 Hauptbahnhof, Bus 100 Platz der Republik Charges: EUR 15 per person Registration:online