Established in October 2007, Germany Close Up – American Jews Meet Modern Germany is an initiative created to enrich transatlantic dialogue and provide Jewish-North American students and young professionals in their twenties and thirties with an opportunity to experience modern Germany up close and personally.
This October, Germany Close Up will for the third time be offering a week long program for LGBTQ* students and young professionals and their allies to Germany. This program will not only explore issues relating to German remembrance and contemporary society through an LGBTQ* lens, but will also include additional programming looking at LGBTQ* issues and activism in Germany today.
The trips are designed to expose participants to a range of aspects that make up modern Germany, with both the past and present in focus. Every Germany Close Up trip includes a number of activities, tours, and meetings. All trips cover issues related to Germany’s reflection on its past and its efforts to deal with the memory of the Holocaust and the Nazi horror up to this very day. They also consider Germany’s transformation over the last decades into a modern, reunified, and democratic country in the heart of the European Union, home to the third-fastest growing Jewish community worldwide.
The nine-day program between Oct. 15-22 will expose participants to Berlin’s multicultural life and will focus on the following topics:
- Berlin and united Germany
- The Holocaust and the Nazi Era (including a visit to a former Concentration Camp)
- Transatlantic/German-American relations (including a meeting with officials of the German Federal Foreign Office)
- Current German Politics
- Jewish Life in Berlin, past and present
- German-Israeli relations
- LGBTQ* issues and activism
- Visit to a city outside Berlin
A generous government scholarship (a part of the ERP Special Assets of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) covers more than two-thirds of participation costs. At the same time, Germany Close Up is an independent body regarding the organization and content of its programs. The purpose of the program is to allow participants to gain their own perspective on Germany through individual experience.
The $890 fee includes airfare, hotel accommodation in double rooms (three-star), most meals and ground expenses.
For questions, please email Amanda Minsky at email@example.com.
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* Registration closes on September 17th