E_statisches Bild der interaktiven Figur »Changeling«
Black-and-white photo, with a view of Valparaiso
View of the city of Valparaiso in 1963, when the Simon family returned to Germany
© Jewish Museum Berlin, gift of Herbert and Elisabeth Simon

"Forced into Exile"

Drama Workshop on Emigration

As an introduction to the topic, participants are shown keepsakes of the Simon family, who left Germany in 1939 aboard the ocean liner "Imperial" heading for Chile. These objects illustrate the plight of Jews in Germany in the 1930s as well as the conditions and opportunities for emigration.

Via the "Axis of Exile," participants proceed to the "Garden of Exile" in the basement of the Libeskind building: the labyrinthine arrangement of cement steles here conveys the lack of orientation and uprooted existences of those in exile. This physical experience is the prelude to a staged play in which the participants develop fictive situations based on historical reality.

At the theatre workshop "Forced into Exile," participants explore the issue of emigration through acting. The workshop combines theoretical and emotional learning.

Would you like to learn more about emigration and exile? Click here to visit "Home and Exile," a special website of the Jewish Museum Berlin.


Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstr. 9-14
10969 Berlin


Grades 9 to 13

Number of participants

Max. of 15 participants


3 hours


50 euros (including admission)



Educational method


Please note

In German and English


Nadja Rentzsch
Tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 437
E-mail: n.rentzsch[at]jmberlin.de

Please wear comfortable clothes.

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