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"Back to Berlin" Discussion with the Director
Friends of Freiburg University, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the German Consulate General New York are pleased to announce a virtual panel discussion of the film “Back to Berlin.” We will be joined by the film’s director, Catherine Lurie, and historian Dr. Moshe Zimmermann, for a discussion examining the intersection of sports, antisemitism, and racism in German-Jewish history.

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Catherine Lurie
Director @Luria Media
Catherine Lurie is a film producer and journalist based in London. She conceived the idea of Back to Berlin after working as a correspondent covering the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel, where she found, produced and directed five human interest stories. She is on the Board of Trustees for Maccabi World Union. Her company, Luria Media, focuses on subjects relating to humanitarian causes. “This has been a project of passion. When I heard that Germany would host the 2015 Maccabi Games at this infamous site - I decided to capture this ironic moment, when Germany now welcomed Jews. We would deliver the torch and fly the Israeli flag defiantly against injustice and intolerance through a Europe where Jews once thrived.”
Dr. Moshe Zimmermann
Professor emeritus of German history @Hebrew University
born 1943 in Jerusalem, is Professor emeritus for German History. From 1986-2012 he was Director of the Richard-Koebner-Center for German History at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Dr. Zimmermann has been a visiting professor in Heidelberg, Mainz, Princeton (USA), Köln, Halle, München, Saarbrücken, Kassel, Göttingen and Krakow (Poland). His work has garnered numerous prizes, including the Humboldt-Forschungspreis 1993, Jacob- und Wilhelm-Grimm-Prize of the DAAD 1997; Dr. Lukas Prize of the Uni Tübingen 2002 and the Lessing-Prize of the Lessing Akademie Wolfenbüttel 2006. He is the author of many publications in German, English and Hebrew about nationalism, antisemitism, the history of sport, film-history and German-Jewish history, as well as about the Holocaust, collective memory in Germany and Israel, and German-Israeli relations.
Anton Klix
Consul for Political Affairs @German Consulate General New York