Michael Kerstgens, Circumcision of Izaac Ben Jacob Rosenfeld in the Synagogue in Joachimstaler Strasse, Berlin, 1992 (detail)r

Exhibition Venues

  • Berlin

    from 20 April to 26 August 2012 at the Jewish Museum Berlin

  • Darmstadt

    from 4 November to 2 December 2012 at the Designhaus Mathildenhöhe

  • Oberhausen

    from 24 February to 21 April 2013 at the Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen

  • Budapest

    • from 5 to 18 March 2013 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary

    • form 2 May to 23 June 2013 at the Budapest History Museum, Buda Castle Building

    • Düsseldorf

      from 9 March to 30 April 2015 at the Stiftung Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus

  • Münster

    from 5 to 29 April 2016 at the VHS-Forum

Cover of "Neues Leben. Russen – Juden – Deutsche"

The Michael Kerstgens Exhibition Book

Neues Leben

Russen – Juden – Deutsche

Texts by
Wolfgang Büscher
Michael Kerstgens
Hanno Loewy
Theresia Ziehe
German language edition only

Published by Kehrer Verlag
Format: 29,7 x 24 cm
136 pages
126 duotone illustrations
29,90 euros
ISBN 978-3-86828-277-1

The Quota Refugee Act

Within the framework of the unification process, the Federal Republic of Germany agreed to uphold the promise made by the last German Democratic Republican government to admit Jews from the then still-existing Soviet Union. On January 9, 1991, in keeping with the wishes of the federal government and the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the minister presidents of the German states resolved to admit Russian-Jewish emigrants to Germany on the basis of the Quota Refugee Act. All persons identified as being Jewish by Russian documents, as well as the non-Jewish members of their families, were now free to submit the respective applications and obtain permanent residence permits.

Unlike the ethnic German repatriates from the former Soviet Union, the quota refugees were not granted German citizenship automatically, but they were permitted to apply for it after a certain amount of time had passed. They were eligible for work permits, social security benefits and integration assistance such as a complimentary language course and help in the search for living quarters.

When the Immigration Act of January 1, 2005 went into effect, the Quota Refugee Act lost its validity. In 2007, the further admittance of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union was resolved, if with stricter requirements than before.

Exhibition poster

No longer on display
at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin Transit

Jewish Migrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s

Duration of the exhibitionfrom 23 March to 15 July 2012
Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstr. 9-14
10969 Berlin
Old Building, first level

Please feel free to read about topics pertaining to our exhibition "Berlin Transit", - which is no longer on display - on the exhibition website.