The Helene-Habermann-Gymnasium (formerly: Jüdisches Gymnasium) will start its operations on 14 September in House 5 on the grounds of the Primary School of the European School Munich. The European School Munich welcomes the pupils and staff of the Jewish grammar school at the Fasangarten site.
With the Helene-Habermann-Gymnasium, a suitable partner has been found for the use of the previously vacant building. The European School Munich and the Helene-Habermann-Gymnasium are unique in their respective types of schools throughout Bavaria. Both schools share a high educational ideal and values of respectful and tolerant coexistence, social learning and cultural diversity.
"The European School thrives on exchange and cooperation between different nations, languages and cultures," says Anton Hrovath, Director of the European School Munich: "In this spirit, we also strive for an educational partnership with the Helene-Habermann-Gymnasium. We thank the colleagues of the Helene-Habermann-Gymnasium, the Board of the Jewish Community Munich, the European Patent Office and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for the constructive cooperation so far."
Prior to the start of school, numerous arrangements were made regarding the organisation of the two schools on the school grounds. Now that the move has been completed and after people have settled in a bit and become familiar with the new situation, both school communities can soon begin to get to know each other better. The European School Munich is always happy to support such initiatives.
"My special thanks go to the European School Munich as well as the numerous other stakeholders from the city of Munich, the Free State of Bavaria and the federal government of Germany who have made an important further development of the Helene-Habermann-Gymnasium possible," explaines the President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch: "We want to repay this support with a lasting enrichment of the educational landscape here in Munich."
The Helene-Habermann-Gymnasium (HHG) was founded in 2016 by the Israelite Religious Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria as a Jewish grammar school and admitted its first schoolchildren in the 2016/17 school year. Since spring 2021, it has borne the name of Holocaust survivor and philanthropist Helene Habermann, who died in 2019. Until the end of the school year 2020/21, the school was temporarily housed in the premises of the Jewish Community Centre at St.-Jakobs-Platz, which, however, had long since become too small.
The Primary School and Kindergarten of the European School Munich (ESM) have been located at the new Fasangarten site since the school year 2019/20; previously, both were housed together with the ESM Secondary School in Neuperlach. The school buildings and grounds are made available to the European School Munich by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on the basis of European agreements. The European School Munich was founded in 1977 at the request of the European Patent Office. It is one of 13 schools in the European Schools system under the supervision of EU governments.