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Screening of "Two Trees in Jerusalem" & Talk with Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen on October 5 in Berlin


The German Resistance Memorial Center, the Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie e.V. association and Humanity in Action Germany are happy to invite you to a special screening of the animated short film, ‘Zwei Bäume in Jerusalem‘ (Two Trees in Jerusalem).

The screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A with Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, Honorary Chair of Humanity in Action Germany, the protagonist of the film and the author of the same-name book on which it is based.

Please note that the language of the event will be GERMAN.

>> When? Wednesday, 05.10.2022, at 18:30

>> Where? Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand

Saal 2B, Stauffenbergstr. 13-14, 10785 Berlin.

Registration to the event is free but the number of seats is limited.

Please register no later than October 4 via email to Dr. Dennis Riffel at

Two Trees in Jerusaleman animated documentary produced by Humanity in Action, profiles the remarkable history of Eberhard and Donata Helmrich, who together saved the lives of countless Jews during the Holocaust. The pair worked as a husband-and-wife team in the eye of the storm, in Berlin and the blood-soaked fields of Eastern Europe, devising ever-more daring gambits to save any life they could, even as death surrounded them. 

The history is dramatically narrated by the couple’s daughter Cornelia, who was called into her parents’ confidence as a young child, and was imbued with an inner-strength that guided her work decades later as a journalist, politician and as the Federal Comissioner for Foreigner’s Affairs. 

By moving back and forth in time, the animated documentary reveals how experiences in Cornelia’s childhood impact her subsequent fight for migrants’ rights in her role as the Federal Commissioner for immigrant and refugee issues during the 1990’s. 

Two Trees in Jerusalem was made with the generous support of the Alfred Landecker Foundation and is the second part of Humanity in Action’s animated trilogy Traces-Portraits of Resistance and Survival, which also includes the films Voices in the Void and My Father’s War.



18:30 Opening remarks: Prof. Dr. Johannes Tuchel, Director of the German Resistance Memorial Center (Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand) & Meital Rozental, Project Manager, Humanity in Action

18:45 Film screening Zwei Bäume in Jerusalem

19:15 Talk and Q&A with Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, moderated by Humanity in Action’s National Director & International Director of European Programs Antje Scheidler.