From the turn of the 19th to the 20th century until after World War I, Berlin was a place of refuge and a way station for tens of thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe. Drawing on their wide social networks and fluency in many languages, the immigrants shaped the city culturally and socially, though much of their activity is absent in Berlin’s cultural memory.
The exhibition catalogue "Berlin Transit" follows the immigrants’ footsteps and takes a close look at artworks, documents, books, photos and objects which testify to the diverse experiences of eastern European Jews in Berlin of the Weimar Republic. Ten essays describe their points of departure and their legal situations as well as critically analyse some of the better-known photos from the 'Scheunenviertel.' They provide insights into the life of a family in 'Charlottengrad' and pay homage to the cultural and literary production of this particular historical episode.
This catalog in German language documents and supplements the exhibition "How German is it? 30 Artists' Notion of Home" with essays by the curators and images of the artworks presented in the exhibition.
14,95 euros (Museum edition)
In conjunction with the exhibition "Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis. The Jewish Dimension of Comic Art," the Jewish Museum Berlin presents a full-color, illustrated catalogue. The themes addressed in the exhibition are pursued in greater depth in seven texts.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis. The Jewish Dimension of Comic Art," the Jewish Museum Berlin presents a full-color, illustrated catalogue. The themes addressed in the exhibition are pursued in greater depth in seven texts. Thus you may learn from Paul Buhle why Jewish authors and illustrators were so active in the world of comics, and from Jens Meinrenken about how American comic book heroes began defending themselves against Nazi opponents at an early date. Collector Alexander Braun recounts the history of “MAD” magazine and the EC Publishing Company, and Ole Frahm addresses the origins and current significance of the graphic novel. Andreas Platthaus introduces you to the underground “comix scene,” and cartoonist Trina Robbins reports on a minor revolution: women’s breakthrough into the male-dominated comic scene of the 1970s. Finally, Galit Gaon describes how comics and, in particular, “the Jewish dimensions of comics” have developed in Israel.
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Dietary laws and prohibitions can be found in all religions and all religious cultures. Nutritional taboos, the distinction between pure and impure, the use of edibles in religious ceremonies, and festive dishes are just a few of the aspects which shape our food intake.
"Not quite kosher" is a well-known phrase. Lesser known are the religious laws that define whether food is kosher or trefe, i.e., pure or impure.
The Jewish dietary laws, the kashrut, along with everything else that has anything to do with food in Judaism, are the focus of the book on the exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin. From this angle, it considers comparisons with the other world religions, primarily Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Well-known scholars of religion and culture illustrate the developments and peculiarities of the different religious traditions and how they view food. It ultimately becomes clear that the saying "you are what you eat" also holds true in the religious context: Food promotes identity, be it for a particular group of people or an individual.
"Identities" is the title of one of the eight chapters in the elaborately designed book, in which various authors explore questions concerning "Food and Religion." "Bread and Wine," "Enjoying and Abstaining," and "Paradise" are other aspects the authors consider. Around 170 primarily color illustrations allow further insights into the topic’s rich diversity.
The book’s authors include Peter Heine, Rainer Kampling, Renate Syed, David Kraemer, Doron Rabinovici, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Herman Simon, Ruth Ellen Gruber, and Claudia Roden.
24,90 euros (Museum edition. Softbound with folded covers, with an index of the exhibits)
29,90 euros (Bookshop edition. Hardback with jacket)