The Legacy of Kristallnacht with Dr. Martina Emme

Learning from the Past/Creating a New Future

Sunday, November 6, 2022
10:30 am
Online only


Martina Emme, Ph.D., co-author of the One-by-One book Journeys of Transformation: Confronting the Legacies of Conflict, War and Genocide, will be joining us from her home in Berlin. She will share her journey of coming from a country of perpetrators, where she was born into a family with Nazi believers, including her own beloved grandfather who was involved in Nazi crimes. She will describe how the life-changing encounters with descendants of survivors led her to become a teacher who sees her task as educating the next generation about the lessons learned from the Holocaust. Dr. Emme will talk about the projects she has initiated and share her vision: becoming guardians for protecting democracy.

Dr. Emme is a trauma pedagogue and Head of the Department of Psychology at Anna-Freud high school in Berlin, Germany where she teaches Psychology and Pedagogy. She has initiated the GeDenktag (January 27th Memorial Day/Shoah) at the school. She is a member of the Cooperative Project between the Berlin Senate and the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem and is involved in creating projects dedicated to the prevention of antisemitism. She also serves as a group psychoanalyst for rabbinical and cantorial students at the Abraham-Geiger Kolleg in Potsdam, Germany. 

READ MORE about Dr. Emme’s family history.