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Pupils with saxophone in front of a bookshelf
Archive Workshop in the Jewish Museum Berlin
© Jewish Museum Berlin

Archive Workshop

How does an object make it into the Museum?

Numerous collections of individuals and families are kept in the Jewish Museum Berlin archive. Certificates, letters, manuscripts, photographs, and everyday objects from work and home tell of the lives and fates of the German Jews.

Guided by museum educators, the young people will explore themes such as emigration or daily life under the Nazis using archival material. Writing explanatory texts on the findings and making suggestions as to how they should be exhibited will be part of the presentations, thus offering insight into museum work as a profession.

Working with original materials makes this dip into the history and culture of German Jews a deeply personal one that goes far beyond the general historical context. A theme-oriented tour can be added to the workshop on request.

Current Events

Contemporary witnesses from the USA, England, and other countries will be visiting us between September and November 2014.

We are expecting Peter Summerfield who was born in Berlin in 1933. He was able to emigrate with his parents and his twin brother George via the Netherlands to the UK in 1939. His father was briefly interned as an “enemy alien” there during the war. The family gave up their original plan to continue on to the USA after the war because they had settled in well in England. All family members took on British citizenship. Peter and George Summerfield first did their military service together and then studied law at Oxford. In their spare time, they both sang and danced at revues.

The workshop is sponsored by the foundation “Remembrance - Responsibility - Future.”

Those who want to learn more about the Jewish Museum Berlin archive will find it presented in detail in the website area “Museum on Site.”


Appointments on request


Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstr. 9-14
10969 Berlin


Grades 9 to 13

Number of participants

10 to a maximum of 20 pupils


5 hours (including break)


5 euros per student


Also suitable for teachers and trainee teachers

Educational method

Project work

Please note

The workshop will take place in German. A preliminary talk with the group leader is necessary for preparation of the workshop.


Fabian Schnedler
Tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 430
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
E-mail: f.schnedler[at]jmberlin.de

Peter Summerfield
Peter Summerfield, 2011
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Hans-Georg Gaul
Two men wearing suits and posing with an umbrella and a cane
The brothers Peter and Georg Summerfield, London 1952
© Jewish Museum Berlin

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