Overcome the February blahs! Join us for a visit to an artist’s studio, a hike through southwest Berlin, a lunch or book or language group … So many opportunities to get together and enjoy!
Get Out and Explore
Monday, 6 February Follow the fascinating history of the artworks now in the Liebermann Villa, in the exhibition, “When pictures speak: Provenance research on the Lieberman-Villa collection”. From 1933 onwards, many of these pictures were stolen, taken into exile by their owners, or sold under the most difficult circumstances, and only slowly, later, found their way to their present home.
Saturday, 18 February Visit one of the city’s most impressive sites, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, known to most Berliners as the Holocaust Memorial. Its 2711 stelae (stone memorial markers) form a haunting reserve of stillness in the center of Berlin.
Sunday, 19 February Join us for a tour in English of the well-known and much-beloved Berliner Ensemble theater. The ensemble was founded by Bertolt Brecht and his wife, Helene Weigel, in 1949, and ever since it has formed one of the main attractions of the Berlin cultural scene.
Thursday, 23 February Visit Margaret Hunter’s studio and hear her insights into life as a professional artist. She is one of the artists whose work appears in the East Side Gallery, and her artwork has been featured internationally in exhibitions, most regularly in Berlin and London.
Friday, 24 February Visit the Gedenkstätte (Memorial Site) Lindenstraße 54/55 in Potsdam. A multimedia exhibition in this former court and prison building tells the stories of people who were imprisoned there under the Nazi dictatorship, the Soviet occupation, and the Communist East German government, as well as individuals who helped topple this regime at the end of the 1980s.
Eat, Drink, and Enjoy
Friday, 3 February Celebrate the Chinese New Year with us at the Royal Garden Chinese restaurant, with its impressive replicas of the famous terra cotta warriors that were buried with the first emperor of China in the third century B.C.
Monday, 20 February Join us for lunch at Tomasa Lichterfelde. Its varied menu will have something for everyone!
Talk about Books
Monday, 20 February The Science Group will talk about Learning from the Germans: Confronting Race and the Memory of Evil, by Susan Neiman. Neiman, the Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, is an American moral philosopher, cultural commentator, and essayist.
Wednesday, 22 February The life of Rosalind Franklin, whose research provided essential evidence for the discovery of the structure of DNA, is the subject of this month’s meeting of the Biographies Book Group.
Monday, 27 February The Afternoon Book Group discusses Lucy by the Sea, by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. What happens when a divorced couple is stuck together under lockdown during the pandemic?
Stay Fit With Walking Groups
Saturday, 11 February Enjoy a hike through the wonderfully diverse parks of Lankwitz and Steglitz. With luck, winter will be starting to lose its grip, and we will see the first signs of spring!
Every Wednesday A walk around Schlachtensee.
Every Thursday A walk in Tiergarten.
Crafts, Languages, and Games
Wednesday, 8 February French speakers
Friday, 10 February Spanish speakers, with a visit to the popular Turkish market on Maybachufer in Neukölln.
Monday, 13 and 27 February English speakers
Tuesday, 14 and 28 February German speakers
Friday, 17 February For those who can manage conversational German but don’t know the right words for talking with doctors: a German M.D. will advise about the relevant specialized vocabulary.
The Club has several Mah Jong groups that play regularly, as well as a crafts group that meets at members’ convenience.
Photo credits: Holocaust memorial, Anteeru – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21551929
Susan Neiman: A.Savin – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38611555
Bäkepark, Steglitz: A.Savin – Eigenes Werk, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=106404218