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23 March to 15 July 2012 Jewish Migrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s



Thursday 12 July 2012, 8 pm

Alan Bern & the All-Star Band

A Premiere

Semer reloaded: for this one evening only, music pioneer Alan Bern brings together an all-star band of Jewish music. Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer of the legendary Klezmatics, Paul Brody, Daniel Kahn, und many others will perform, adapt and remix the songs and melodies published by the record Label "Semer" in Berlin's Scheunenviertel in the 1930s. A Red, Hot & Blue of Jewish music.

The Hebrew Bookstore
The Hebrew Bookstore © bpk

With Alan Bern (music director, piano, accordion)
Lorin Sklamberg (voice, accordion)
Paul Brody (trumpet)
Martin Lillich (bass)
Mark Kovnatskiy (violin)
Special guests include Daniel Kahn, Fabian Schnedler and others.

Literature Salon

Thursday 31 May 2012, 7.30 pm

The pipe smoker stands at Zoo station and watches Europe

"I fear you won’t believe me - I have grown fond of Berlin."

In the Romanisches Café in 1923, Ilja Ehrenburg uttered what was on the lips of many Eastern Jewish migrants: even though Berlin was not a place they longed to be, it was more than just a place of asylum. In diaries, newspaper articles and literary texts, these migrants described their daily lives in Berlin between homesickness, belonging and isolation - in Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and German.

Man with a hat looking out the window of a train compartment, with a conductor in the background (historical image)
Film still from the exhibition installation © Landesarchiv Berlin

The Berlin Literary Colloquium and the Jewish Museum Berlin invite you to the literary salon to rediscover these diverse voices together with Irina Liebmann, Ingo Schulze und Marie Luise Knott.

A cooperation with the Berlin Literary Colloquium.


Saturday 24 March 2012, 7.30 pm

"A Capella Musicians" - Jascha Nemtsov and Tehila Nini Goldstein

"New Jewish Music" in Berlin of the 1920s

A concert complementing the exhibition "Berlin Transit" invites you to discover an unknown facet of the 1920s Berlin music scene – the pianist Jascha Nemtsov and the singer Tehila Nini Goldstein perform works by Russian-Jewish composers promoted by Berlin’s Jewish music publisher "Jibneh."

Tehila Nini Goldstein
Tehila Nini Goldstein © Innsbrucker Festwochen/Martin Vandory

The concert is based on one of "New Hebrew Music" organized by "Jibneh" on 1 November 1923 with pieces by Joseph Achron, Moshe Milner, Michail Gnesin, and Alexander Krein held in Berlin’s Beethoven Hall.