Highlights from the Collection of the Jewish Museum Berlin
At the Rafael Roth Learning Center we present special objects from our collection.
The section of our multimedia platform in which we tell the stories of these objects is called simply "Things." In it, we examine their historical context and significance for the present based on a wide range of images, documents, audio passages and films.
With the help of hands-on interactive elements, visitors are provided with insight into the collection process and explore how the objects were made, how they were used, and why they ended up in the museum.
Viewers can admire a silver Torah pointer from the eighteenth century and look over the shoulder of a Torah scribe. They solve arithmetic problems using a medieval counting table, amble through Max Liebermann’s reconstructed garden on Lake Wannsee, and leaf through a notebook belonging to a Jewish scout.
The historical objects are set in relation to the present. An old circumcision bench is shown and a surgeon explains how circumcisions are performed in hospitals today. An Iron Cross awarded to a soldier from the First World War sets the stage for a discussion of Jews in the Bundeswehr. After presenting a historical silver Hanukkah lamp, we examine the styles of present-day aluminum and plastic models.
Interviews with donors, experts and historical witnesses play a particularly important role. The former patient of a Jewish dentist who survived the Nazi era presents his views, as do literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki and European Parliament representative Daniel Cohn-Bendit.