Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Human Rights
"Towards a Global Human Rights Culture: The Need for a Collective Alliance in the Protection & Promotion of Human Rights"
(Berlin; May 27th - June 1st, 2013)
During the "Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Human Rights," participants will have the chance to visit three interesting exhibitions tracing important periods in German history, and the efforts the German people took in fighting for Human Rights.
Exhibitions on Germany's Historic Fight for Human Rights
Exhibition: Destroyed Diversity. Berlin 1933-1938
The first exhibition, temporarily entitled, “Destroyed Diversity. Berlin 1933-1938,” is currently on display in the German Historical Museum. This exhibition documents the rise of Adolf Hitler and the conditions and disastrous consequences of Nazi dictatorship for life in the city. Participants will gain significant insight into the “seizure of power” by the National Socialists, and ways in which the Nazi regime paved the way for ultimate destruction of democracy and human rights violations.
Exhibition: We want to be free men! (East German uprising of June 17, 1953)
Participants will also be invited to explore the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany, in an exhibition entitled “We want to be free men!”. This exhibition marks the sixtieth anniversary of the historic day of June 17, 1953, when a wave of protests and demonstrations erupted against the German Democratic Republic (GDR).
Exhibition: We are one People. Medals on the Fall of the Wall and Reunification
The final exhibition, “We are one People. Medals on the Fall of the Wall and Reunification,”was recentlylaunched to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of German Unity, and will be on permanent display in the Bode Museum. This exhibition captures the momentous years of 1989 and 1990, by having on display various medals created in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Through various images and graphical representations, participants will be able to recall unique moments of one of the most significant events of the last century.