Berlin Summer Program 2020

! Due to the global pandemic, the plans for this seminar are on hold. We await to hear from CCF in Berlin what they intend to do. We are happy to share resources to stay connected during this time.


An educational program in Berlin for Los Angeles (L.A. and L.A. county) area school teachers, organized by the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation in partnership with the Museum of Tolerance as part of the Berlin—L.A. sister city relationship.

This intensive program runs from June 21, 2020 to June 30, 2020 and it is intended to help teachers gain insight into the cultural, political, social and economic factors that defined the life of German society during the first half of the 20th century (the Third Reich, WWII, Holocaust). It also brings them into contact with the vibrant diversity, including a growing Jewish community, in today’s Berlin, L.A.’s German sister city.

The program includes educational visits to historic sites in and around Berlin that tell about the city’s history in the 1930s through the 1940s. Throughout the week, participants also meet with eyewitnesses and survivors of the Nazi persecutions, representatives of the Berlin city government, and distinguished members of Berlin’s contemporary community, giving the program a unique quality all its own.


This educational program specifically created for Los Angeles area educators aims at the following:

  • To provide insight into the many cultural, social, political, and economic factors that resulted in the establishment of the Third Reich in Germany.
  • To reflect on the use and abuse of power and the roles and responsibilities of individuals, organizations, and nations when confronted with injustice.
  • To create an understanding of the roots and ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotypes while promoting acceptance of diversity in a pluralistic society.
  • To advance knowledge and education in area schools about the Holocaust and present-day Jewish life in Germany.
  • To deepen educators' personal knowledge and strengthen their ability to discuss politically-driven persecutions with their students.
  • To help provide insight into how contemporary societies attempt to come to terms with serious crimes against humanity.
  • To promote mutual understanding and contact between Berlin and its American sister city Los Angeles.


The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit German foundation serving the public interest. Following the withdrawal of American forces from Berlin in 1994, the Berlin legislature created the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, entrusting it with the responsibility to foster German-American relations in Berlin.

Since then, the foundation has funded or implemented over 730 German-American projects costing over two million Euros. We not only administer the largest teacher exchange program between Germany and the United States but are also responsible for organizing Berlin‘s non-governmental activities with its American sister city, Los Angeles.


Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

First day of program: June 21, 2020

Last day of program: June 30, 2020


Please email completed applications and a current resume or CV to

Applications can also be completed and submitted online.

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