- Archive Workshop in the Jewish Museum Berlin
© Jewish Museum Berlin, Ingo Drumm/ Nadja Rentzsch
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.
Eyewitnesses and others will be traveling to us from the United States, England, and Switzerland between September and November 2015.
We are expecting Rudi Leavor, who was born as Rudolf Librowicz in Berlin in 1926 and visited a grade school here until November 1937. His parents were arrested by the Gestapo in 1936. This traumatic turn of events caused the family to prepare their emigration to England, which they managed successfully on 10 November 1937. The Librowicz family was able to take some of their holding into exile including a Torah scroll from 1903 belonging to the family.
In England, the family spoke English in public and German at home. Rudi’s father was able to start a dental practice in Bradford in 1938, and Rudi himself also later became a dentist. Rudi changed his surname from Librowicz to Leavor in 1958. He still lives in Bradford where he is cantor in a Reform synagogue and composes music.
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.”
September - November 2015
Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Grades 9 to 13
Number of participants
10 to a maximum of 20 participants
5 hours (including break)
70 euros (including admission)
The workshop will take place in German.
Tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 430
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
- Rudi Leavor, 2007
© Rudi Leavor, photo: David David