Museum on Site (main site) Kids, Students, Teachers Online Showcases Blogerim (blog)

18 February 2010

Sanctuaries, Papyri, and Winged Goddesses
The Archaeologist Otto Rubensohn

Symposium to Mark the Opening of the Showcase Exhibition on Otto Rubensohn

Photo: Otto Rubensohn

Otto Rubensohn
© Jewish Museum Berlin

Otto Rubensohn’s excavations and academic work are inextricably linked to Berlin’s papyrus collection and the study of the Greek island Paros’ ancient history. As head of the Papyrus Project of the Royal Museums in Berlin (1901 to 1907), Rubensohn discovered and acquired numerous important papyri in Egypt, among them Aramaic evidence of the Jewish military colony on Elephantine Island. In the years before, he had unearthed the ancient sanctuaries of Paros and he spent his life working on the discoveries he made there. As founding director, he headed the prestigious Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim until 1915. Following this, Rubensohn taught at an academic high school in Berlin, where he continued his research. During the Nazi era, increasingly isolated and subjected to the regime’s chicaneries, he fled to Switzerland in 1939. He proceeded with his academic work in Basel and published his most eminent work on Delion of Paros at the age of 94.

The Jewish Museum Berlin was given Otto Rubensohn’s estate in 2006 and is now honoring the life and work of the Jewish archaeologist with a showcase exhibition and a symposium.


18 February 2010, 1.30 to 5 pm


Old Building ground level, Auditorium




Is requested on
tel. +49 (0)30 259 93 582 or

1.30 pm: Welcome and introduction
Aubrey Pomerance
Jewish Museum Berlin

1.45 pm: "at the place of my purpose" – Otto Rubensohn’s Research on Paros
Vasiliki Barlou
Winckelmann Institute for Classical Archaeology at the Humboldt University of Berlin

2.15 pm: Hunting for Papyri – Otto Rubensohn in Egypt
Josefine Kuckertz
Berlin State Museums, Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection

2.45 pm: Otto Rubensohn’s Excavations in Abusir el Meleq
Klaus Parlasca
Professor Emeritus, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

3.30 pm: Break

4 pm: Rubensohn’s Hildesheim Years
Bettina Schmitz
"Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum" Hildesheim

4.30 pm: Selected Pieces from the Rubensohn Collection
Dieter Salzmann and Helge Nieswandt
Münster University Archaeological Museum

An opportunity to visit the exhibition together concludes the day.

Stay in touch