23 March to 15 July 2012 Jewish Migrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s
From the turn of the 19th to the 20th century until after World War I, Berlin was a place of refuge and a way station for tens of thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe. Drawing on their wide social networks and fluency in many languages, the migrants shaped the city culturally and socially, though much of their activity is absent in Berlin’s cultural memory.
The exhibition catalog "Berlin Transit" follows the footsteps of eastern European Jews in Berlin of the Weimar Republic and takes a close look at artworks, documents, books, photos and objects which testify to their diverse experiences. Ten essays describe their points of departure and their legal situations as well as critically analyse some of the better-known photos from the 'Scheunenviertel.' They provide insights into the life of a family in 'Charlottengrad' and pay homage to the cultural and literary production of this particular historical episode.
Berlin Transit. Jüdische Migranten aus Osteuropa in den 1920er Jahren
Published by Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2012
160 pages, approximately 150 illustrations
German language edition only