Opening of Art Exhibition “Colors of Life” at the German Mission on April 20th
The exhibition "Colors of Life" showcases large-size portraits of people of various ethnic backgrounds, celebrating life and diversity. Berlin-based artist Inge H. Schmidt was present at the opening, stating that most of the people portrayed in her work would never have dreamed to be exhibited in New York City. The works of art will be on display in the lobby of the German House until May 20th.
The Refugee Crisis and Higher Education: #EducatingForTheFuture
Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the German Mission co-hosted a high-level panel discussion on April 7th to address the connection between access to higher education and managing the ongoing refugee situation.
One of the most urgent needs is to ensure smooth and effective integration of larger numbers of refugees in their respective host communities in the long run. Panelists agreed that education should be treated as a cross-cutting issue in any strategy that aims to deal with the influx of refugees.
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Germany’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, passed away on Friday, April 1st. Over the course of his long and eventful life, Foreign Minister Genscher literally made history. He greatly influenced foreign policy not only in Germany, but in Europe as a whole. His life‑long task was to overcome the division of Germany and the rift in Europe. Hans-Dietrich Genscher was Germany’s longest‑serving Foreign Minister, and he will be dearly missed.
Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989
In September 1989, thousands of refugees from East Germany occupied the West Germany Embassy in Prague. After some tough negotiations in New York, then foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, standing on the embassy balcony, spoke the words that would resolve the crisis and make history: "We have come to you..."