Workshop: Facing the Presence of the Past in German-Israeli Encounters

Is there a hierarchy in emotions related to the past?

In the workshop “Facing the Presence of the Past in German-Israeli Encounters” it was time for controversial discussions.

People with different opinions confronting each other

People with different opinions confronting each other

Elke Gryglewski and Uriel Kashi

Elke Gryglewski and Uriel Kashi

The workshop leaders Elke Gryglewski from the House of the Wannsee-Conference and Uriel Kashi an Educator from Israel asked questions that called for potentially contentious answers. For example: When visiting historical sites, could there be an emotional hierarchy between German and Israeli visitors? The majority of the participants of the workshop argued that this was not the case. However, one German and one Israeli participant agreed that this was indeed so. The one coming from Israel organized guided tours to historical sites and preferred to stay anonymous in this text claimed that Germans and Israelis do have a different attitude on historical sites. She perceived the Germans as being silent, shy and having a certain sense of shame. The Israelis one the other hand can have a pretty dominant approach when visiting historical sites. Some of them come with their national flag – something that no visitor of any other country would do.

Renate Krekeler

Renate Krekeler

Renate Krekeler who works in the field of the international youth work says that German visitors of historical sites do not leave space for their own feelings.