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NYC: Contemporary German-Jewish Relations: Reflections from the Heartland

November 5, 2018 @ 8:15 am - 9:30 am EST

The ACG and the American Jewish Committee will host a breakfast briefing with Stefan Schlüter, Program Director at the Diplomatic Academy in Berlin.

There will be no charge to attend. RSVP (acceptances only) to the American Council on Germany at 212-826-3636 or events@acgusa.org by November 1. 

Join the ACG and AJC to hear former German diplomat Stefan Schlüter reflect on his two-week speaking tour to 12 cities in the southeastern and midwestern regions of the United States. This initiative is designed to engage Jewish communities in smaller U.S. cities to examine German-Jewish themes, to openly discuss Germany today in the context of its history, and to provide opportunities to learn about contemporary Germany. Topics covered during the speaking tour have included Jewish life in Germany, Germany’s coming to terms with its past, German-Israeli relations, and rising anti-Semitism and populism in Europe. In addition, the meetings have provided opportunities to discuss transatlantic relations, migration issues and refugee policy, developments in the EU, Brexit, and the Middle East conflict.

Stefan Schlüter (@nykarlana1) has been engaged with the Jewish community for many years and strongly believes German diplomats have an obligation to reach out to Jewish communities due to  the legacy of the Holocaust. After studying political science at the University of Hamburg, Mr. Schlüter went to Israel as a 23-year-old in 1975 and lived on Kibbutz Ramat Rachel near Jerusalem. He joined the German Foreign Office in 1979, and was sent to Buenos Aires, where he met his wife, and then Algiers before moving to Tel Aviv as spokesman for the German Embassy. While in Tel Aviv from 1986 to 1990, his daughter was born. During diplomatic postings in Los Angeles (where his son attended a synagogue preschool), New York as Deputy Consul General, and San Francisco as Consul General, Mr. Schlüter engaged in dialogue with Jewish organizations and at synagogues about Germany’s relationship with the Jewish people and organized several trips to Germany for rabbis. Since the summer of 2017, he is a retired member of the German Foreign Office and currently serves as a Program Director at the Diplomatic Academy in Berlin.


November 5, 2018
8:15 am - 9:30 am
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