80th Anniversary Symposium of the Wannsee Conference

“The Contemporary Church and Antisemitism Today: What must we do?”

In 1942, in a meeting that lasted not even two hours, the fate of millions was sealed and a plan was put into action that would seek to eradicate Jewish life within Nazi reach. On this 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, we will gather together and ask what we can learn from the past and how we can inspire church communities to take a different path in the face of our own day’s rising antisemitism.

19-20th of January 2022  /  Berlin, Germany

Program

Pre-Symposium Reception

Tuesday, 18th of January 2022

📍 Location: Hilton Berlin, Mohrenstraße 30, 10117 Berlin, Germany

19.00       Welcome reception with a special guest of honor Prince Philip Kiril von Preussen

DAY 1

Wednesday, 19th of January 2022

📍 Location: Haus der EKD, Charlottenstraße 53/54, 10117 Berlin

9.00          Prelude – “Why are we here and what exactly happened in Berlin 80 years ago?”
9.15          “Jewish Christian relations – past, present and future.” Katharina von Kellenbach – Evangelische Kirche Deutschlands; Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt – Chief Rabbi of Moscow, President of the Conference of European Rabbis; Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher – Secretary-General, World Evangelical Alliance; Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury;
10.45        Coffee

11.15        Prepared remarks from selected participants and discussion. Rev. Johnnie Moore – President, The Congress of Christian Leaders; Dr. Gregory Lafitte – Forum for Cultural Diplomacy; Rabbi Abraham Cooper – Associate dean and director of Global Social Action Agenda for the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Dr. Christian Staffa – Evangelische Kirche Deutschlands;
12.30        Lunch
14.00        “What is antisemitism? Can it be defined and can it be defeated?” Katharina von Schnurbein – EU Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life; Dr. Felix Klein – Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish life in Germany; Prepared remarks by ECI.
15.30        Coffee

16.00        “What can we do different in 2022?” Presentation of “Churches Against Antisemitism”. Prepared remarks from participants, discussion and conclusions
17.00        Closing remarks. Menachem Rosensaft – General Counsel at World Jewish Congress, Founding chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Survivors
19.00        Special ceremony of the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference in the Französischer Dom in Berlin. Classical music by the Diplomatic String Quartet Berlin featuring the Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Antisemitism Dr. Felix Klein; Bishop Dr. Christian Stäblein – Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia; MP Katrin Göring-Eckhardt – Vice President of the German Bundestag;
20.30        Dinner 

DAY 2

Thursday, 20th of January 2022. Day of Study Tours

8:30           Departure
9.30           Arrival at the Wannsee Museum – guided tour and lecture
11:30         Arrival at the Martin Niemöller Museum
13.00         Lunch
14.30         Dietrich Bonhoeffer Museum
16.00         Reception in the Bundestag
19.00         Closing dinner followed by a screening of a new film about the Wannsee Conference

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