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August 21: Ambassador Emerson meets Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants

Ambassador Emerson and Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants

Ambassador Emerson and Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants

On August 21, Ambassador Emerson met a group of Executive Board members of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants.  The Ambassador had an opportunity to hear stories first-hand from survivors about being pursued and persecuted as children, making lives for themselves after World War II, and how these experiences affected them and their families.  The Ambassador also discussed with the group Mission Germany’s longstanding consultations with German officials on justice for victims of human rights atrocities, not only during the Nazi era, but also since then in other parts of the world. 

For the first time, the World Federation is hosting its conference of child survivors of the Holocaust and their families in Germany.  Organizers expect over 350 survivors and their families from countries around the world, including the United States, to gather in Berlin and reaffirm their bonds as a community and discuss topics such as coming to terms with the past, telling their stories, and looking at the future of Holocaust education and commemoration. The World Federation was created in the 1980s for child survivors and their families to discuss shared experiences in light of the added stigma and special issues and needs of child survivors – those who fled, were hidden, and usually grew up with adult family members. The World Federation has since united hundreds of child survivors, providing them with opportunities to connect with others who can understand the suffering of their shared past.

 

Transatlantic Trade: Business Opportunities And Job Creation

NYC port

The U.S. economic relationship with the EU is the largest and most complex in the world.

Deputy Assistant USTR Bryant Trick visits Stuttgart

Deputy Assistant USTR Bryant Trick visited Stuttgart on July 21 to meet with representatives of important businesses and Baden-Wurttemberg’s state government to discuss the benefits of TTIP, offer an update on negotiations, and respond to questions about the agreement. Bryant Trick’s focus in the TTIP negotiations are sectoral discussions including automotive and general regulatory issues. He met with representatives of Daimler, Bosch, the IHK, and Minister for the Bundesrat, Europe, and International Affairs Peter Friedrich. After the meetings he said: “It’s clear that TTIP can unlock important business opportunities that will drive growth and job creation throughout Europe. Increasing regulatory transparency and reducing non-tariff trade barriers will build on our strong relationship while at the same time maintaining high health, environment and safety standards expected on both side of the Atlantic. The open exchange with Stuttgart's automotive industry’s global leaders and small- and medium-sized automotive suppliers and of the Baden-Wurttemberg state administration will help us deliver a package that returns real value."

Deputy Assistant USTR for Labor Affairs visited Frankfurt

Deputy Assistant USTR for Labor Affairs Carlos Romero visited Frankfurt on July 18 to meet with representatives of important labor unions and businesses in Frankfurt and representatives of the Hessen state government in Wiesbaden to learn more about their concerns regarding the T-TIP negotiations that are currently taking place. Carlos Romero met with representatives of IG Metall, IG Bau, and the Minister of the State Chancellery Axel Wintermeyer. He said after the meetings: “I greatly appreciate the open exchange of ideas and hearing the concerns and hopes of German labor unions and the Hessen state administration. From our discussions, it’s clear that TTIP is creating important opportunities to deepen transatlantic collaboration on labor rights issues toward the common goal of improving working conditions and standards in the context of broadening our trade relationship.”

  • Carlos Romero (Labor) – Berlin and Frankfurt, July 17-18
  • Jai Motwane (Investment) – Dusseldorf and Munich, July 21-24
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  • Christina Sevilla (SMEs) – Leipzig, July 14-15
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  • Bryant Trick (Sectors – engineering, auto, etc.) – Stuttgart and Berlin, July 21-22
  • http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/benefits-trade

August 6: Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association in Berlin

Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association in Berlin

Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association in Berlin

The Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association (BUSMVA) organized a week long reunion visit to Berlin. One important part of the week is the visit to the Allied Museum in Dahlem.

BUSMVA was formed in 1998 and since met every year. Because traveling is not easy for many of the veterans and, of course costly, they only meet every 4th year in Berlin. Four years ago there were some several hundred present, today 180. Still it’s an impressive collection of people and from talking to them you get an immediate impression of the importance that serving their country in Berlin has had in their lives and how they love to come back. As one of them described, “it was the high point of my life”.

Several veterans bring family members with them and all go through the museum and the Tempelhof airport exhibit and explain to their children and grandchildren exactly what they experienced 50 or 60 years ago.

As part of the tradition of the reunion the names of the deceased members are read out at the official gathering, then a prayer is said for all and then those present for the first time come forward and salute the wreath.

July 8: Templehof Exhibit opening at Allied Museum

Ambassador Emerson with the exhibit curator Florian Weiss

Ambassador Emerson with the exhibit curator Florian Weiss

Ambassador Emerson gave remarks at the opening of the special exhibit:
"Tempelhof Central Airport, The American Story". Also present was German Culture Minister Monika Grütters.

July 4: United States Celebrates Its 238th Birthday

On July 4, the U.S. Embassy held its traditional Independence Day reception at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. The Ambassador of the United States of America, John B. Emerson and Kimberly Marteau Emerson welcomed 2,500 invited guests to enjoy an evening with musical entertainment by the American singer Ingrid Arthur and band, food and beverages, as well as fireworks on Tempelhofer Feld for the first time.

July 3: American Ambassador Visits Berlin Zoo

Zoo/Tierpark Berlin and the Los Angeles Zoo sign a cooperation agreement.

The Zoo/Tierpark Berlin and the L.A. Zoo have agreed to a joint Memorandum of Understanding to help better protect animals and to foster closer cooperation. U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson joined Dr. Andreas Knieriem, Director of the Zoo/Tierpark Berlin, and Tom LaBonge, member of the Los Angeles City Council, in welcoming the MOU.

Building on their successful cooperation over the past years, the Los Angeles and Berlin facilities agreed formally to establish a strategic partnership. The three zoos each maintain large and significant animal populations, and all participate in conservation / breeding programs for critically-endangered species. Another practice the zoos have in common is that they care for many species rarely kept in zoos and which are difficult to manage. The MOU makes official the existing informal cooperation between the Los Angeles Zoo and the Zoo and Tierpark Berlin.

The goal of MOU is the exchange of animals from certain species, in order to develop more genetically diverse populations, and to benefit from the experience of the partner zoos by supporting professional staff exchanges. The MOU also includes research into wild bats (species- and population inventories) at the respective partner zoo, joint fund-raising projects for in-situ protection of endangered species, for example, establishing a rescue station for injured Sumatra tigers in Jambi Province in North Sumatra.

Through June 30: “Hans Richter: Encounters – From Dada till today”

Hans Richter: Ghosts Before Breakfast. 1928 B/W, 35mm, approx. 7 minutes

Hans Richter: Ghosts Before Breakfast. 1928 B/W, 35mm, approx. 7 minutes

“Hans Richter: Encounters from Dada to Today” is the title of one of his books, which appeared in the 1970s. In post-war West Germany it was preceded by a rediscovery of this significant artist, who was hounded by the Nazis and whose work was shown as part of the infamous “Degenerate Art” exhibition of 1937. Now, for the first time since the 1980s, an exhibition is being dedicated to this great Berlin artist in his native city. It includes over 140 works, including his major films and some fifty works by artists whom he influenced. Hans Richter worked with multimedia in an era when this term hadn’t even been invented. He regarded film as part of modern art. “The absolute film opens your eyes to what the camera is, what it can do, and what it wants.”

Exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau

May–June: Entrepreneurship MOOC

Ideas and Innovation Forum

To foster the spirit of entrepreneurship under the patronage of the Ambassador of the United States of America John B. Emerson              

Entrepreneurial spirit is a key driver of economic growth and success. It is not just about crafting the right economic policy; it’s about creating a climate in which ideas and innovation can flourish. One of the best ways to transform innovative ideas into thriving companies is to share knowledge within communities, across countries, and around the world.  There are many instances of how German and American innovators, scientists, and students have worked together to shape the world we live in.  We would like to expand this German-American community of entrepreneurs by exploring some of the ways they have turned great ideas into great companies – on both sides of the Atlantic.

Here’s how you can join us:

  1. Follow with us the MOOC “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship” run by Dr. James V. Green from the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland.  The course runs from May 19 to June 29.  It is free.
    Register here:
    www.coursera.org/course/innovativeideas
    And sign up here so that we can share ideas and build a community:
    http://bit.ly/BerlinMOOC

  2. Take part in weekly facilitated networking sessions, site visits and discussions with fellow MOOC participants and innovators.  Learn something about the Berlin startup ecosystem.

  3. Finish the course and have the chance to present your idea after the 6 week program to industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs at the closing MOOC meeting on July 1st in the US Embassy

Interested? To find out more, contact us at MoocsBerlin@gmail.com.