[Translate to Englisch:] Konterfei Alice Salomon

150th birth anniversary Of Alice Salomon

Celebration week from May 2 to 5, 2022.

April 19, 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice Salomon's birth. The person who gave her name to our university is considered one of the most important social reformers and a pioneer of the social professions. We are celebrating this! In our week of celebration, we will shed light on Alice Salomon and her life's work with students, teachers, artists, Alice Salomon's descendants and prominent guests. Celebrate with us!

Programme Outline

Monday | 02.05.2022 | Opening ceremony

We are looking forward to celebrating the start of the festival week together with members of the university, representatives of Berlin's political, cultural and academic landscape, cooperation partners of ASH Berlin and family members of Alice Salomon from all over the world.

Programme Outline:

  • from 09:30 a.m.  |  sound performance by the First Improvising String Orchestra at Alice Salomon square
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  |  Arrival, check-in and welcome café, accompanied by a sound performance by the First Improvising String Orchestra
  • 10:30 a.m.  |  Opening of the festival week at the University's Audimax
    with contributions by Bettina Völter, Rector of ASH Berlin, by Franziska Giffey, Mayor of Berlin, and Sabine Toppe, Director of the Alice-Salomon-Archive
  • 11:00 a.m.  |  Journey through time: together with descendants of Alice Salomon from Great Britain, Israel and the USA, with Adriane Feustel, founder of the Alice-Salomon-Archive, and Joachim Wieler, exile researcher, we shed light on Alice Salomon - professionally and privately, then and now.
  • 12:00 p.m.  |  Digital walk through the Alice-Salomon-Archive
  • 12:30 p.m.  |  Ceremonial handover of Alice Salomon's personal file from the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus to the ASH Berlin, framed by an impulse contribution on coming to terms with the Nazi legacy of educational institutions in Berlin

At 12:30 p.m. we will round off the event with talks and a lunch snack.

Registration required by 25 April due to limited capacity.
The event will be simultaneously interpreted (German/English)

Tuesday | 03.05.2022 | Alice Salomon Award

We are pleased to present the Alice Salomon Award 2022 to the Canadian social scientist Prof. Dr. Adrienne Chambon. The emeritus professor of the University of Toronto receives the commitment award, endowed with 6,000 euros, for her commitment to refugees, victims of torture and abused women*, among others, as well as for her services to theory building, archival work and emancipatory science in social work. Among other things, she published the influential book "Reading Foucault for Social Work".

The award ceremony and reception will take place on 03.05.2022 at 19:00 p.m. in the Audimax of the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin.

  • Welcoming by Prof. Dr. Bettina Völter, President of ASH Berlin
  • Jury statement – Adriane Feustel, historian and founder of the Alice-Salomon-Archive
  • Laudatory speech – Prof. Dr. Susanne Maurer, Dr. Julia Winckler and Prof. Dr. Stefan Köngeter
  • Presentation of the Alice Salomon Award 2022 by Prof. Dr. Dagmar Bergs-Winkels, Prorector of ASH Berlin, and speech by the award winner Prof. Dr. Adrienne Chambon

Music: K.ZIA (tbc)

Afterwards, the university invites the guests to a buffet.

Registration required by 25 April due to limited capacity.
The event will be simultaneously interpreted (German/English)

Wednesday | 04.05.2022 | University Day

Critical culture of remembrance, living and history-conscious university culture at ASH Berlin

With a view to Alice Salomon's role in the founding of the university and in the emergence and development of the profession and discipline of social work, we pick up where the university day in winter semester 2021/22 left off and continue the discussion about a critical culture of remembrance. We ask - in the spirit of the university's mission statement 'Tradition and Responsibility' - about her current significance and (missing?) reference points of Alice Salomon's work in social work in a crisis society.

Programme Outline:

  • 10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  |  Opening and welcome
  • 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.  |  "Remembrance culture as peace work", a keynote by Aleida Assmann followed by discussion
  • 11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  |  Coffee break
  • 11:30 a.m.-13:00 p.m.  |  Open discussion with 4 speakers on questions of a lively and historically aware university culture and the role of archives
  • 13:00 p.m.-14:00 p.m.  |  Lunch break
  • 14:00 p.m.-15:30 p.m.  | Conclusion: What culture of commemoration and remembrance does the ASH Berlin need? And on the occasion of Alice Salomon's 150th birthday: What makes her work, her commitment, her thinking exciting from a contemporary, critical perspective? Impetus is provided by the recent publication of Alice Salomon's personal file - a central document of her history of persecution under National Socialism - excerpts of which are presented here.

Registration required by 25 April due to limited capacity.
Parts of the event will be simultaneously interpreted (German/English)

Thursday | 05.05.2022 | Students' Day

The Students' Day is dedicated to the students' perspective on Alice Salomon, on their university, on the current conditions and everyday life of studying the disciplines of social work, health and education (SAGE). It is also about the question of what academisation and professionalisation mean to the students personally today.


Programme Outline:

  • 10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.  |  "What does Alice Salomon have to do with us?" - Slidecast by students of the study programme 'Interprofessional Health Care - online‛ (room 229)
  • 10:30 a.m.–16:00 p.m.  |  Open Space: Members of the university management will be available until 16:00 p.m. for meeting and exchanging ideas with students of ASH Berlin (Room 229)
  • 13:00 p.m.–14:30 p.m.  |  Reading from the diaries of Gerda M. Meyer - The diaries comment on the history of the Social Women's School, the persecution of Jewish people and life in Berlin during the Nazi era as well as the development of social work. Gerda M. Meyer studied at the Social Women's School from 1931 to 1933, knew Alice Salomon personally and, as a young woman with Jewish ancestors like her companion Alice Salomon, was persecuted under National Socialism. The hosts of the reading are Liska Toppe, student of Public History, Ulrike Cordier, grandniece of Gerda M. Meyer and Prof. Dr. Sabine Toppe, director of the Alice Salomon Archive. (Room 229)
  • 16:00 p.m.–open end  | Closing party in the courtyard


DESSA: Alice Salomon 1872-1948

The art of remembrance: With this exhibition, the artist DESSA remembers Alice Salomon. The central concern of her artistic work is to consider the German-Jewish past and culture as a living, effective part of our society today. DESSA uses painting and collage to create a visual biography that connects past and present in a multi-layered way. The exhibition can be seen in the Berlin House of Representatives.

To the exhibiton ...

Berlin – Capital of Women Scientists

The exhibition, a project of the Berlin Senate Chancellery with the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité, gives the women who once defied all odds and paved the way for many future generations of successful female scientists the recognition they deserve. The touring exhibition, which was initially on display at Berlin's Rotes Rathaus, will be on display at ASH Berlin from 25.04.2022 to 01.06.2022.


On the trail of Alice Salomon

The Alice Salomon Archive contains a photo album that was given to Alice Salomon in 1929. Pictures from this album and other motifs from the archive served as material for a search for traces on the grounds of the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus in Schöneberg. Where are the places where the motifs from the photo album were taken. The exhibition by Aya Schamoni connects the past and the present and can be seen during the festival week in front of the Audimax of ASH Berlin.



The 42nd issue of "alice", the university magazine of ASH Berlin, is dedicated to the founder Alice Salomon on her 150th birthday and provides many insights into her work.

To the magazine

„Across all political parties“? – In 1921, Alice Salomon gave the introductory lecture entitled "The Moral Foundations and Goals of Welfare" at the 37th German Welfare Conference. In it, she elaborated on four sources of motivation for social work: religion, nation, humanism and solidarity. 100 years after it was first printed, the text is being republished, historically classified and confronted with today's debates: 19 authors examine the relevance of Salomon's theses for current issues in social work. Published by Alice Salomon Archiv.

More Information