Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Falcon Choirs Visit the Jewish Museum Berlin on April 10, 11.30 AM


On Saturday, April 10, 11:30 am, the travelers of the Falcon Choirs are going to visit the Jewish Museum Berlin. Incantato Tours has arranged a combined visit and workshop under the title "Survival through Music".

The Jewish Museum Berlin covers two millennia of German Jewish history, and it consists of two buildings. One is the old Kollegienhaus, a former courthouse, built in the 18th century. The other, a new addition specifically built for the museum, was designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. This was one of the first buildings in Berlin designed after German reunification. The museum opened to the public in 2001. Princeton professor W. Michael Blumenthal, who was born near Berlin and was later President Jimmy Carter’s Secretary of the Treasury, has been the director of the museum since December 1997.

Survival through Music - Tour of the permanent exhibition and a visit to the Rafael Roth Learning Center: A tour through the exhibition section "German Jews' reaction to National Socialism" is combined with a visit to the Rafael Roth Learning Center. Here, the story of Coco Schumann - who experienced social exclusion as a young Jew in Berlin - is interactively and excitingly relayed. At the age of 18 he was deported first to the Theresienstadt ghetto and then to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, which he survived as musician to the guards. Numerous documentary film clips as well as pictures, texts, and audio recordings give a powerful insight into his life and survival. With the help of a worksheet, visitors independently engage with the multimedia content of the Learning Center, answering questions on the offerings and source materials that they view and listen to at the computer stations.

The pictures are from the official homepage of the museum.

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