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Tour of the Documentation Center in Berlin

The Columbia University Club invites us to a private English-language tour of the Documentation Center for Nazi Forced Laborers to take place on Sunday, June 23 from 15:30 to 17:30.  The Center, located in Schöneweide, has the task of making the history of the 26 million men, women, and children forced into labor by the Nazis visible for future generations.  It is located on the site of an almost completely preserved camp.  

Address: Britzer Straße 5, Berlin-Schöneweide.  

Directions: From S-Bhf Schöneweide (lines S8, 9, 45, 46, 47, and 85) take the exit at the head of the train, turn left and walk one block to Michael Brückner Straße.  Cross the street and turn right.  Turn left on Fennstraße, which forks almost immediately.  Take the right part of the fork (Britzer Straße); the documentation center is on your right.  

The tour is free, but prior registration with Patrick Truhn ([email protected]) is required.


Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle

World premiere of the Film “The President’s Tailor” in Berlin

Ivy Circle member Rick Minnich will be celebrating the world premiere of his latest film “The President’s Tailor” as part of the Jewish Film Festival Berlin-Brandenburg. The screening takes place at the Bundesplatz Kino on June 19th at 20:30.

The Ivy Circle will gather with Rick before the film at the Mexican restaurant “Alcatraz” beginning at 6pm for complimentary appetizers and drinks.  The restaurant is located at Bundesplatz 6, right across the theater.

“The Presidents’ Tailor” is a heartwarming story about the Holocaust survivor and star tailor Martin Greenfield, who dressed six US presidents and hundreds of celebrities. The New York Times wrote an extensive tribute to Martin upon his death in March at age 95. The Jewish Journal also ran a cover story about the film. 

An additional screening is planned for June 23rd at 5 p.m. at the Bundesplatz Kino.

There will be a Q&A session with Rick after the film for those interested.

You can reserve a place for the showing at http://www.bundesplatz-kino.de/  The Ivy Circle has 5 tickets, preferably earmarked for students and anyone under  hardship, but really available to all on a first come first served basis

For any questions please write me at carl AT alumni DOT princeton DOT edu.

See everyone on June 19 for what should be a wonderful evening.


Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle

A Conversation With Artist Yury Kharchenko in Berlin

by Carl Kruse

The Ivy Circle invites all to a conversation between Russian-German Artist Yury Kharchenko and art historian and exhibition curator Dr. Eckhart Gillen this coming Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 at 8pm at “Der Zauberberg” literary booksstore on Bundesallee 133 in Berlin 12161.

The discussion will center around the recent publication of Kharchenko’s art catalog “Yury Kharchenko Painting 2018 – 2023,” which documents his works of recent years, created in reaction to wars and questions of memory. Various cycles of the artist’s work will be discussed, starting with family history, his radical Auschwitz pictures, which question the moral aspect of memory, the flower pictures, which were painted in protest against the Ukraine war, and his star pictures, and portraits of important Jewish personalities, created in response to Netanyahu’s judicial reform in Israel.  Throughout, Kharchenko seems to demand more ethics from a society facing a decline in historical knowledge

Eckhart Gillen is an art historian and curator, primarily for exhibitions on 20th century art. He is the author and editor of publications on German, Russian and American art of the 20th century and has received numerous awards, including the Unity Prize – Citizens’ Prize for German Unity in 2003 and the Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge Prize for unconventional art education from the Prussian Sea Trade Foundation in 2011, as well as the Federal Cross of Merit.

As space is limited, registration is required either by calling the bookstore at 56 73 90 91 or by email: [email protected]. There is a 10 € fee.

The discussion will primarily be in German.

I hope the summer is starting magnificently for you.


Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle Berlin
Berlin Chair, Princeton Alumni Association of Germany

Theater Reading Group in Berlin

by Carl Kruse

Niraj Welikala, a member of both the Oxford and Cambridge alumni societies in Berlin, founded a play-reading and theater group in Berlin last summer and is looking to expand the group to fellow thespians and those who love the theater.

The group’s objective is recreational play reading and perhaps putting on a production one day.  Details from Niraj below. You can contact Niraj directly at [email protected] or fellow co-founder Nigel Luhman at [email protected]

Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle

P.S. Carl Kruse ia also involved with Renselear Polytechnic Institute’s Milkyway@Home project.


An Actor Prepares…

Calling actors and theatre enthusiasts!

We are a play reading group (in English), originally formed from members of the Oxford and Cambridge alumni clubs in Berlin and we are looking for new people to join us. We meet every 2 weeks on a weekday evening from 6-8 pm (usually on a Monday) at the Theaterhaus Mitte Berlin (https://www.theaterhaus-berlin.com/).

We aim to select and read a diverse range of plays. Plays we’ve read so far include Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, J. B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’,  ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and we are currently in the middle of ‘The Crucible’.  We usually start with a few minutes of warm-up exercises. During the reading, we switch characters to give people a chance to explore different roles and also experiment with different acting and directing techniques.

The play readings are meant to be recreational although we hope to put on a production as well. We have a range of experience in the group (from little or no experience to some with years of acting and directing experience). If you are interested, please email Nigel or Niraj mentioning any previous acting experience (but this is not required) and we will send you more details including our WhatsApp group that we use to organise readings. You are welcome to come to a session and see if it’s for you.

Hope to see you there!

Niraj, Nigel, Kaya and Justin 

The Berlin Play Reading Group committee

The Mavericks in Conert on May 4 in Berlin

by Carl Kruse

Max Abrams (Princeton ’99) and his band THE MAVERICKS perform on May 4th at 8pm in Berlin at Huxley’s Neue Welt.

The show is sold out but Max invites a few of us to attend for free.

The tickets are extremely limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Here’s a playlist of The Mavericks’ music:

Reach out to [email protected] if interested.


Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle Berlin

Carl Kruse is also involved with the Asteroids@Home Program, at the Charles University in Prague.

SOPHYGRAY Presentation in Berlin

by Carl Kruse

The Ivy Circle joins the Columbia University Club of Berlin to invite all as Columbia alumna Nadja Marcin presents her new exhibition, “SOPHYGRAY – A Feminist Voice Bot,” at Alpha Nova & Galerie Futura, Am Flutgraben 3, Kreuzberg in Berlin.

The event takes place Saturday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Developed over three years with 40 collaborators, the voice bot SOPHIEGRAY engages in surprising, philosophical, and humorous conversations on identity, art, and feminism. SOPHIEGRAY was developed within the framework of a European Media Art Platform residency at the Onassis Stegi Foundation, co-financed by the European Union and was awarded the European Union Prize for Citizen Science in 2023.

Space is reserved for 20 participants. To reserve, please email [email protected].

Nadja Marcin is a Berlin and New York-based artist and filmmaker, exploring gender, history, morality, psychology and human behavior through an intersection of feminism and emotional architecture in theatrical and cinematic contexts.

Best known for her performances “OPHELIA” and “How to Undress in Front of Your Husband”, she subverts historical and media representations of women to highlight ideological systems of power and psychological effects at the moment of their creation. Addressing ecological and human rights concerns through an often absurdist, surreal, bold repurposing of imagery to create thought-provoking encounters.

She has presented solo shows and performances in Kunstverein Ruhr (2021/22), Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken (2020), SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen (2019), Minnesota Street Project (2018), CONTEXT Art Miami (2017), SOHO20 Gallery (2016); Esther Donatz Gallery, Munich (2015); GOETHE Center, Santa Cruz (2014), and Dortmunder Kunstverein (2012). She has participated in group exhibitions and presentations in institutions such as TICKTACK, Antwerp (2022), Transpalette, Bourges (2021), Gropius Bau, Berlin (2020), Ecofutures, London (2019), Fridman Gallery, New York (2018), Microscope Gallery, New York (2017), 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016), Middle Gate Geel’13 (2013), ZKM- Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2012), and Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2010).Marcin has won numerous grants and prizes, including: Artsformation Commission (2022), NEUSTART Modul C by BBK via the Federal Germa Culture Commissioner (2021/2022), Individual Artist’s Grant in Electronic Media & Film by New York Council on the Arts (2022/2019), Kulturamt Köln (2018), Franklin Furnace Grant, New York (2017), NRW Film-und Mediafoundation (2013), DAAD, Germany (2011), and Fulbright, New York (2007).

Hoping 2024 is starting beautifully for you and see you on February 3!


Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle Berlin
Also find Carl Kruse on Vator.

IVY CIRCLE IN BERLIN: Summerfest With Harvard Club July 8

by Carl Kruse

Hello friends!

It’s a hot summer but we keep going and our next event is in conjunction with the Harvard Club of Berlin, which is inviting the Ivy Circle to their Summerfest on Saturday July 8, 2023 at 5.30 pm.

The event will take place in the east of Berlin on Dock 10 at Rummelsburger Bucht. This is Gustav-Holzmann Str. 10.

From the deck there is a beautiful view over the water and the park on the opposite side of the bay.

It’s an ideal place to connect with new friends and old over an upscale BBQ, drinks and music.

It will be good.

Please feel free to invite a “plus one.”

Members & partners: 55 € pp

Non-Members and Ivy Circle: 75 € pp

Children: 7-18 years 50% discount on adult prices

Children: 0-6 years free

Your options to register and to pay

  • Option 1: Eventbrite


please indicate if you are

  • Member/partner
  • Non-member

Please transfer the ticket price to the bank account:

Harvard University Alumni Club of Berlin e.V.

IBAN: DE33 1007 0848 0036 7532 00


Reference: your name & Summerfest 2023

When? Saturday July 8, 2023 at 5.30 pm

Where? Hauptstadtfloss Dock 10, Gustav Holzmannstr. 10, 10317 Berlin

If you cannot open the invitation card, please contact the Harvard Club of Berlin —

Harvard University Alumni Club of Berlin e.V.
c/o Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law
Berliner Freiheit 2
10785 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 20629530

Cheers and see you on July 8!

Carl Kruse
Director, Ivy Circle Berlin

P.S. Our last event was on June 14th when we shared wine and tapas at the Sana Hotel in Berlin.

Ivy Circle Berlin - Harvard Club

Wine Tasting and Tapas on June 14th

by Carl Kruse

Wine tasting is back and the Ivy Circle invites all to another collaboration with our friends of the Vivanova Wine Club on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 from 7-9pm at the Sana Hotel in Charlottenburg, Berlin. The evening will feature a tasting of a Prosecco aperitif, premium white, rosé and red wines paired with gourmet appetizers.

Our guide for the evening is Bradley Mitton, a wine expert from the United Kingdom, currently based in Monaco, where he has gained renown for his events in the French Riviera, including at the Nobu Monte Carlo, Fairmont Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix, and various super yachts.

The last event we did with Bradley at the Sana was well received and we look forward to another great evening of meeting new friends and old. Also attending will be Ivy Circle friend Mark White, who will be at hand to introduce his company’s new app called Ingredifind, which helps people with dietary preferences find restaurants that are right for personalized dining.

The Sana Berlin Hotel is about 600 meters from KaDeWe at Nürnberger Str. 33-34 in Berlin. The stylish hotel offers a spacious outdoor area with comfy sofas for our event.

The cost is 25€ and includes everything – free flowing wine, great tapas and of course the gathering of our Ivy Circle combined with Bradley’s Club Vivanova group. It will be good!

Tickets are available online at


For more information contact me at [email protected].
Cheers and see everyone June 14th!

Carl Kruse
Ivy Circle

Our homepage is at ivycircle.de
Our last two events were the Gallery Walk in Charlottenburg and Cocktails at Hier Wo Du Strahlst in Berlin.
Carl Kruse has an older blog here.

Gallery Walk June 2-3 in Charlottenburg

by Carl Kruse

The Ivy Circle invites everyone to the gallery walks slated for the 2nd and 3rd of June in the Charlottenburg kiez of Berlin.  

Called the Charlotten Walk, the 2 days will see 41 galleries open their doors to all.   Hours for Friday, June 2, are 6- 9 in the evening, and on Saturday, 3 June, from noon to six pm.

Charlottenburg in Berlin is home to one of the most energetic and exciting gallery scenes in Germany, making for a perfect location for artistic exhibitions. Participating galleries include 68Projekts, Gedok Berlin, Galerie Albrecht, Galerie Bassenge, Galerie Michael Janssen, Kienzle Foundation, and Galerie Anna Probst.

Over time, a large number of galleries have relocated to the kiez from other parts of Berlin, such as from the Potsdamer Strasse, and from other cities such as Hamburg and Munich.

The Charlotten Walk gallery tour was created in 2018 by Artbutler, with Sussanne Burmehl taking over in 2022.  

For further info: www.charlottenwalk.de

While the Ivy Circle does not have a specific tour planned for the Charlotten Walk it encourages everyone to explore on their own the various offerings in modern art open to all and at no cost.


The Ivy Circle homepage is here.
Contact:  carl AT alumni DOT princeton DOT edu.
The Ivy Circle’s last two events were a cocktail hour and a chat with Uwe Westphal.
Find Carl Kruse on the blogs of Princeton alumni.

Cocktails at Hier Wo Du Strahlst in Berlin

by Carl Kruse

It’s time for cocktails and our next gathering takes place on Wednesday, May 24 starting at 7:00 pm at the bar “Hier Wo Du Strahlst” (Here Where you Shine) on Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 20, 10176 Berlin.

Hier Wo Du Strahlst is a new bar owned by writer and art publisher Johannes Finke. The Ivy Circle has the place for itself this night.

Johannes welcomes everyone with a complimentary shot (or two) of Fräulein Schoz-Ingwer, a newly launched (and delicious) ginger liquor made in Berlin, as well as a specially priced drink list just for us. Almost anything else you might fancy is a la carte with a good chance of drinks aplenty flying about gratis.

Drink with us and say hello to friends new and old. Good conversations guaranteed.

Please RSVP to [email protected] so we can give Johannes an accurate head count.

Carl Kruse

Our last event with Uwe Westphal was a tremendous success and we thank everyone who came and lent their support.