Institute of Cultural Management, Ludwigsburg University of Education, August 3-5, 2020

Due to the worldwide "Corona" crisis, university teaching in Israel and Germany in 2020 had already been idle for almost five months when the first excursion to Germany was on the program of the student laboratory "Shared and/ or Contradictory Heritage?”. From August 3 to 8, nine Israeli students and their two lecturers were to come to Ludwigsburg to explore Baden-Württemberg with their ten German tandem partners during a one-week excursion. In June 2020, however, it was obvious that the trip could not take place and would have to be made up for in August 2021. In order not to endanger the work on content, a virtual excursion was planned instead of the real one. But how do one carry out international projects on screen? This question gave the virtual meeting that took place from August 3 to 5 the character of an experiment. But it was far more productive than had been hoped for: the tandem partners met in virtual workrooms, got to know each other better and worked on their topics. So the experiment was a success - with a lot of motivating ideas.
While the morning hours were reserved for the work of the German-Israeli tandems, the students met three expert guests on the topic in the afternoon. 

The first speaker was Dr. Caroline Jessen, member of the research project “Transnational Libraries” of the Research Association Marbach-Weimar-Wolfenbüttel (MWW), who talked about her work on German-Jewish estates and the idea of a shared heritage in archives.  The Duisburg pedagogue Burak Yilmaz reported on his project “Young Muslims in Auschwitz”: Since 2012, he has been accompanying young German Muslims to the Holocaust memorial and then reflecting on their common experiences in a theater play with them. UNESCO's perspective on cultural heritage to be shared was the topic of the last day: Friedemann Gschwind, Chairman of the Friends of the Museum Weißenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart, reported on the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier, whose semi-detached house and single-family home in Stuttgart has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2016.  All three lectures were based on tandem ideas developed by students in the summer semester, which they will continue working on in the winter semester 2020/21. The next excursion will take place in March 2021 to Israel, where the projects shall be presented in an exhibition.

PHOTOS: Impressions of the Virtual Incoming with guests Burak Yilmaz, Friedemann Gschwind and Students. (© Stuttgart Tourist Information / Screenshot)



Faculty of Arts – Hamidrasha, Beit Berl College, March 8, 2021

At the virtual final meeting, organised by Dr. Chava Brownfield-Stein, the Israeli and German students presented the results of the Students' Lab and their tandem work.

A total of six German and seven Israeli students reported on their case studies, which related to all three categories of the project. 

The first section was devoted to questions of architecture, using the example of the "White City" World Heritage Site in Tel Aviv (Barak Ravitz and Elfi Carle) and the role of the archive, taking the example of the estate of the photographer Liselotte Grschebina in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (Orly Zimerman). The second section compared the German and Israeli culture of remembrance using the example of war memorials (Sapir Barel and Vanessa Spindler). The function of German-Jewish heritage for the collective German identity was the topic of the contributions by Hannah Schulz and Sophia Baur.

The third section highlighted the role of intangible cultural heritage through the work of the Iraqi Jewish "Dawn Multicultural Theater" in Tel Aviv (Sigal Peres) and the "West Eastern Divan Orchestra" (Kinnereth Suissa and Kai Erdlenbruch). The fourth section examined the role of the visual arts, presenting the work of the German-Jewish painter Ruth Schloss (Natalya Zolotar) and the collaborative work of the "Zumu - Museum on the Move" in Israel (Noya Becher). For their contributions, the students used different forms of presentation, from the classic academic lecture to interviews with invited guests and professional film contributions about their own case studies. Inspiration, curiosity and a lot of encouragement characterised the atmosphere of the conference, which was able to convey one thing despite its virtual form: We learned more about each other! The elaborated contributions will soon be available under Students' Research.

PHOTOS: Impressions of the digital Workshop with students and guests, organized by Dr. Chava Brownfield-Stein (Copyright: Hamidrasha/ Screenshot).