DMAO Munich Events
April 29th + 30th 2023
Remembering the Drey und Dobriner families
Saturday, 12 noon. Lecture and talk with Nicholas Drey (in English)
Isaak and Maria Drey, née Rothenheim, lived in Arcisstraße 32 in the grounds of today’s State Museum of Egyptian Art. The house belonged to the Drey couple and later to their daughter Laura. Her cousin Paul Drey worked as a secretary at the American Consulate in Munich. Laura Dobriner, née Drey, lived here with her children George Hermann and Konrad, and her sister Henriette Drey until the NSDAP expropriated them. Nicholas Drey is travelling from London to commemorate his family with the aid of photographs and historical documents.
Venue: Staatliches Museum für Ägyptischer Kunst
Gabelsbergerstraße 35, 80333 München-Maxvorstadt
In memory of the Weiße Rose resistance group
Saturday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Encounter and talk with Markus Schmorell
The memorial site is open to visitors on Saturdays from 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Weiße Rose was a circle of friends around students Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell. In the summer of 1942, they circulated leaflets protesting against the Nazi dictatorship and calling for an end to the war. Supporters in other German cities also joined the resistance group, including Professor Kurt Huber, who drafted the sixth leaflet at the end of 1942. Markus Schmorell, Alexander Schmorell’s nephew, talks about the Weiße Rose and particularly about his uncle.
Venue: Weiße Rose memorial at the Atrium in Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1, 80539 München
Mechel Leib Feldherr had a menswear shop here
Saturday, 4 p.m. Lecture and discussion
Mechel Leib Feldherr lived with his brother in their house in Reichenbachstraße 12, where he also had his shop for men’s clothing. Markus Uhrig, a current resident, and Dietmar Holzapfel, owner of the Hotel Deutsche Eiche, talk about the history of the house in Reichenbachstraße and the former Jewish quarter. In this context, the homosexual residents of Munich who were persecuted during the National Socialist era are also remembered.
Venue: Reichenbachstraße 12, 80469 Isarvorstadt-München
“The Family was Jewish …”: remembering the Rosenthal family
Sunday, 11 a.m. Film screening and talk with Judy Rosenthal
The trauma of the National Socialist persecution lives on in family memory. How it is viewed changes from one generation to the next. The 17-minute film The Family was Jewish … made by American-born Judy Rosenthal reconstructs the history of her family through memories, photographs and archival information. The Rosenthals came from Munich. When the National Socialists gained power, Judy’s grandfather was no longer permitted to work as a public prosecutor. In 1936, her grandparents and their two sons emigrated to the United States. Other members of the family emigrated to England or remained in Germany. Letters soon stopped coming. Before the film screening there will be an account of another Munich branch of the family: Wilhelm Rosenthal, who was once an active member of the Verein für Fraueninteressen (Association for Women’s Interests), and his family.
Venue: Verein für Fraueninteressen e.V., Altheimer Eck 13, 80331 München
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Josef Pfeifer lived here – the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Munich
Sunday, 1 p.m. Lecture and discussion
Josef Pfeifer was born in Innsbruck in 1897 and became a soldier in the First World War. From 1918 he worked as a hotel servant in Munich. In 1931, he left the Catholic church to become a Jehovah’s Witness. In a room rented in Baaderstraße 46 where Josef Pfeifer lived, he and his fellow believers met regularly and copied Bible research writings. In 1936, he came to the attention of the Gestapo. Josef Pfeifer was arrested and sentenced to prison for one year and five months. In February 1938, he was deported to Dachau concentration camp and died there a year later as a result of maltreatment. Author Christoph Wilker revives the memory of Josef Pfeifer at his last place of residence.
Venue: Baaderstraße 46, 80469 München
Remembering the socialist newspaper Münchener Post
Sunday, 3 p.m. Lecture and discussion
Altheimer Eck 19, now Altheimer Eck 13, was home to the Münchener Post daily newspaper from 1907 until 1933. The paper saw itself as an advocate of social progress and included information on the women’s movement. Bavaria lost its autonomy on 9 March 1933. That same day, the SA raided the editorial offices and destroyed the printing press equipment. The Münchener Post was banned and its editors arrested.
Historian Martin Heigl, a board member of the Archiv der Münchener Arbeiterbewegung*, talks about the values the newspaper stood for, why these collided with the National Socialist world view, and why the Münchener Post in particular became one of the first victims of the Gleichschaltung (forced political alignment) of Munich and Bavaria.
*sponsored by the Kulturreferat der LH München and Bezirk Oberbayern.
Venue: Verein für Fraueninteressen e.V., Altheimer Eck 13, Rear building, 80331 München
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