Jewish rites and everyday Jewish life today

Author Petra Kunik meets with young people at Villa Seligmann

Workshop, discussion and exhibition visit


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Most pupils are perhaps only familiar with Jews from religion or history lessons, also in connection with the Holocaust. The encounter with the writer Petra Kunik changes all that. In exchange with young people, she conveys Jewish culture, religion and history in Europe and makes Jewish life tangible. In conjunction with the exhibition “Liberated! And then?” On the 77th anniversary of the commemoration of the end of the Second World War in Europe, the author will be at the Villa Seligmann on 17. and May 18 with two event formats.

Grades 6-9
8.15 to 10.30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 1.15 p.m.

Petra Kunik reads from Der geschenkte Großvater – eine jüdische Kindheit im Nachkriegsdeutschland and tells how her parents conveyed a positive, lively Judaism to her. In this context, the pupils can gain an insight into Jewish holidays and customs.

Grades 10-13
8.15 to 10.30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 1.15 p.m.

Petra Kunik will read excerpts from Grandmother tells of the High Rabbi Löw about the 12-year-old Daniel, who experiences a Jew-hostile attack in the subway, as well as passages from her essay My Jewish Culture of Remembrance. Petra Kunik talks to the pupils about Jewish life in Europe today and the new/old anti-Semitism.

Please call 0511-844 887 200 or send an e-mail to if you have any questions about these offers or the program accompanying the exhibition.

Youth book author Petra KunikPetra Kunik, born in Magdeburg in 1945, grew up in Frankfurt am Main and is an active member of the Jewish community. She is a trained actress and author of children’s plays, books, short stories and essays. She is an interreligious and intercultural speaker and aims to build bridges of understanding through her work.

It is possible to visit the exhibition with the author.

Further information on the event, which was organized in cooperation with the Friedrich Bödeker Kreis e.V. Niedersachsen, can also be found on the association’s website.

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