The United States and Germany have long shared a commitment to combatting anti-Semitism and finding innovative ways to enhance Holocaust education. By launching the U.S.-Germany Dialogue on the Holocaust on June 24, 2021 in Berlin, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas reinforced our joint commitment to ensure that current and future generations remember and learn from this tragic episode in history.
Please join our panelists in discussing steps we can take on both side of the Atlantic to enhance Holocaust education and counter anti-Semitism.
With introductory remarks by U.S. Consul General Ken Toko and Lord Mayor Dr Thomas Nitzsche. Prof. Dr Carola Dietze will moderate.
Before the panel discussion, the participants will open the container exhibition "#StolenMemory" on the Johannistor grounds at 3 pm. Until 27 October the Arolsen Archives is presenting the search for the heirs of so-called effects there. These are personal items that were taken from prisoners when they were admitted to a concentration camp – such as watches, pens, cufflinks or wallets with photos. Since the start of the "#Stolen Memory" campaign in 2016, these personal legacies of former prisoners have already been handed over to over 500 families. Ten examples of successful restitution are presented in the exhibition container under the heading "Found". At the same time, the exhibition organisers invite visitors to go on a search for clues themselves. Young people in particular are called upon to help the Arolsen Archives find the descendants of the former prisoners. At present, the archives still hold the "effects" of about 2,500 people. These are personal estates of prisoners who came mainly from Germany, Poland and the former Soviet Union. They were given to Arolsen as early as the 1960s with the aim of handing them over to the owners or their descendants.
The "#StolenMemory" container that houses the exhibition is a converted overseas container. The Arolsen Archives was able to acquire the container with the support of the US Department of State and the US embassies in Berlin and Warsaw. It is already the third container with which "#StolenMemory" is going on tour. In Jena, the container is located at Am Faulloch next to Johannistor. The exhibition is open from 6 to 27 October, daily from 9 am to 7 pm.