The 13th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI) Held jointly with The German Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Maritim Hotel,Berlin, Germany, November 4-7, 2010
Accompanying Persons Program
Thursday, November 4, 2010 19:00-20:30 All registered accompanying persons are invited to the Welcome Reception of the Congress.
Friday, November 5, 2010 Pick up at 09:00 Hours Tour will end at 13:00 hours
Berlin City Tour
The guide will meet the group for a Grand Tour of the city, which will include: Unter den Linden, Gendermarket, Friedrichstrasse, Check Point Charlie, Walls of Berlin and Potsdamer Platz. The group will then continue on to the Reichstag - the seat of the German Parliament – which is one of Berlin's most historical landmarks. It is close to the Brandenburg Gate, and before the unification, it was right next to the wall.
The latest reconstruction started in 1995 and was completed in 1999. The design by Sir Norman Foster added a glass dome over the plenary hall. Since April 1999, the Reichstag is once again the seat of the Bundestag.
Saturday, November 6, 2010 Pick up at 09:00 Hours Tour will end at 13:00 hours
The Jewish Heritage tour of Berlin will start with a walking tour along Hamburger Strasse to view Residential Monument and Mendelssohn’s Grave. The tour will stop to see the Oranienburger Strasse Synagogue (will not enter). The Synagogue was burned during Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938, but the blaze was put out before much damage was done. The Nazis occupied the building in 1940 and desecrated the Synagogue by using it for storage.
The Synagogue sustained severe damage by Allied bombs during the war and for years was left as an empty shell. Restoration began in 1988 and the Synagogue reopened on May 7, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the German surrender. Like many of the Synagogues in Poland, and even in America, it is guarded around the clock. The tour will then continue on to visit the Rosen Strasse memorial. The Rosenstrasse protest took place on 27th February, 1943, during the Holocaust when the Nazis wanted to round up the last of the Jews in Berlin during Fabrikaktion, but were met by resistance from the victims' relatives.