The interactive multimedia installation "The Danube Exodus" by the Hungarian filmmaker and artist Péter Forgács and the Labyrinth Project focuses on expulsion.
Historical amateur film clips, documentary material, and interviews are
interwoven into a film on threat, deadly peril, and escape.
The installation is based on the documentary film "The Danube Exodus" by Péter Forgács (1988, produced by Lumen Film). "The Labyrinth Project" is a research initiative at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA.
A major exhibition organized by the Jewish Museum Berlin in cooperation with the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn deals with the escape, expulsion and new beginnings of German Jews after 1933.
It is the first
comprehensive show to examine the forced exodus of German Jews to over
a hundred countries worldwide. Like the exhibition itself, the
richly illustrated catalog has a biographical focus. Where did the
emigrants find refuge? Under what conditions? What were their lives like
in the countries that took them in?
The catalog documents a variety of biographies and escape routes. These took the emigrants from Germany to destinations as remote as Shanghai and the Dominican Republic - and in some cases brought them back to Germany again after 1945. Different aspects of emigration are explored, together with the emotional and geographical meaning of "home." Taking the perspective of the emigrants, a separate section introduces each of the over one hundred countries that served as way-stations or the emigrants’ final destinations. This historical atlas provides a unique glimpse at the worldwide diaspora of German Jews which started over seventy years ago.
In 2006 the creator of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, would have turned 150. An appropriate occasion to dedicate an unusual project to him and his invention.
The book accompanying the exhibition in the Jewish Museum Berlin offers
an amusing and pointed portrayal of the present state of psychoanalysis from
The book is organized around central basic psychoanalytical concepts like perversion, psychosis and phobia. The everyday world of things from Freud's most famous case histories - drill, bouquet and bathtub - makes the concepts astonishingly clear and comprehensible.
The basic concepts are flanked by articles from internationally renowned scientists. The psychoanalyst Peter Widmer looks into the role of the voice in psychoanalysis; the historian Eli Zaretsky investigates the influence of psychoanalysis on Jewish history; the film scholar Gertrud Koch pursues the depiction of psychoanalysis in cinema; the psychoanalyst Karl-Josef Pazzini reflects upon the role of a missing thing - in psychoanalysis and in the museum. A genealogy, more complete than any existing to date, provides information about the fate of the Freud family.
The volume is introduced with an essay by the exhibition curators, which deals with the setting of psychoanalytic treatment - armchair and couch - and with the space of love and law institutionalized by this setting.
The catalog includes a CD with an experimental radio drama on Freud's life
This book presents for the first time Roman Vishniac's Berlin pictures, the unknown early work of one of the master photographers of the 20th century.
The photographs are accompanied by Mara Vishniac Kohn's
personal memoir of her father and her childhood in Berlin.
The photographer Roman Vishniac, famous for his pictures of "A Vanished World" lived in Berlin from 1920 to 1939. In these twenty years he captured everyday life in the German capital, people in the steets, Berlin characters, friends and family as well as Jewish institutions.