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Interflex Project on the Topic "Zerstörte Vielfalt: Bücher – Bauten – Biografien"

A joint project of the departments of Social and Educational Sciences, Information Sciences and CITY | BUILDING | CULTURE, Conservation and Restoration programme

Person begutachtet Akten im Archivraum vom Centrum Judaicum
© Tjalda Eschebach
Teaching project
Student project
Interdisciplinary project (InterFlex)
Project funds Interflex University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Project content

The project took place in the context of the theme year "Zerstörte Vielfalt" and focused on the nazi book burning on 10 May 1933, the destruction of Jewish shops and synagogues in the Kristallnacht of 9/10 November 1938, the beginning of the deportations in December 1941 and the Holocaust. In the context of this block event, the students dealt with the persecution of different groups of victims under Nazism.

Interdisciplinary groups were to be formed to support and complement each other in independent research work on selected individual aspects. This means that restoration concepts and social science research were to be networked with archival, library and documentary skills and the different perspectives and approaches of the three disciplines were to be taken into account. The plan was to document the project week using film and photos and to publish the results in the form of a film.

The classroom sessions were supplemented by several excursions: New Synagogue and Archive of the Centre Judaicum (Oranienburgerstraße Berlin), Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered under National Socialism (Berlin), Neues Museum (Berlin), Ravensbrück Memorial, Jewish Synagogue (Potsdam) and the Stahnsdorf Southwest Churchyard.

Programme of the intensive excursion week from 24.11. - 28.11.2014

Monday, 24.11.2014: Working day at the university

09:00 - 10:00: "Verbannte Bücher", Julia Moldenhawer (Department of Information Sciences)

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.: Persecution of Jews under Nazism − Berlin, Prof. Dr. Susanne Freund

11:30 - 12:30: Anti-Semitism − yesterday and today, Franziska Homuth (Department of Social and Educational Sciences)

13:00 - 14:00: Research on the reference object biographies, led by the social workers

14:15 - 15:00: Basic input on the consequences of structural destruction, Dipl.-Rest. Tjalda Eschebach

15:00 - 16:00: Research on the reference object buildings, led by the restorers

Tuesday, 25.11.2014: Excursion to Berlin, Neues Museum

10:00 - 12:00: Input from Prof. Dr. Martina Abri

13:00 - 14:30: New Synagogue reference object, guided tour of the Archive Centrum Judaicum by Dr. Barbara Welker

14:30 - 16:30: Reference object books: Bebelplatz, own explorations

16:30 - 17:30: Reference Object Biographies: Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered under Nazism, Prof. Dr. Birgit Ammann

Wednesday, 26.11.2014: Excursion to the Ravensbrück Women's Concentration Camp Memorial Site

10:00 - 12:00: Arrival

12:00 - 15:00: Tour with Dr. Matthias Heyl, Head of Educational Services at the Ravensbrück Memorial Site

15:00 - 17:00: Return journey

Thursday, 27.11.2014: Excursions in Potsdam and Stahnsdorf

10:00 - 11:30: Destruction and reconstruction of the synagogue and Potsdam, Dr. sc. jur. Wolfgang Weißleder

13:00 - 16:00: Guided tour of the Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf by Olaf Ihlefeldt

Friday, 28.11.2014: Working day at the university

10:00 - 12:00: Working on the topics at the university in the interdisciplinary working groups, supervision by lecturers

13:00 - 16:00: Presentations by the three working groups, peer reviewing

Project management

Prof. Dr. Birgit Ammann
Professorin für Politikwissenschaft (im Ruhestand)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Freund
Professor of Archival Science
Project Manager Graduate Distance Learning Archive
Project Manager of the Degree Programme Archival Science (MA)
Project Manager of the Further Education Programme "Archive im Informationszeitalter"
Dipl.-Rest. Tjalda Eschebach
Workshop Manager Conservation and Restoration – Mural Painting