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Press Invitation, 2 October 2013

Special Exhibitions and Cultural Program of the Jewish Museum Berlin in October 2013

"Multifaceted" is the name of the first Book Week in the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, a week of readings, workshops and panel discussions, beginning on 21 October. The focus will be on diversity in recent children’s and youth books. The "Open Day at the Academy" on 27 October marks the end of the Book Week with all departments of the Academy presenting their work to the visitors.

Special Exhibition: "Tonalities. Jewish Women Ceramicists from Germany after 1933"

10 October 2013 – 9 February 2014
Tonalities. Jewish Women Ceramicists from Germany after 1933
Margerete Heymann-Loebenstein (later Marks) was a well-known ceramics designer and co-founder of the Haël ceramic workshop in Velten, around 25 miles north of Berlin. In 1933, she was denounced by the Nazis for "subversive activities" and was forced to give up her company. Haël was sold to a Nazi party member who invited the young Hedwig Bollhagen to take over as artistic director.
The showcase exhibition follows the life path of Grete Loebenstein and other Jewish ceramicists – among them Hedwig Grossmann, Hanna Charag-Zuntz, and Eva Samuel – who began their careers in Palestine and today are considered the founding mothers of modern Israeli ceramic art.
This exhibition is part of the Berlin theme year "Destroyed Diversity"
Location: Libeskind Building, basement, Rafael Roth Learning Center
Admission: with the museum ticket: 7 euros, reduced rate 3.50 euros

Special Exhibition: "A Time for Everything. Rituals Against Forgetting"

18 October 2013 – 9 February 2014
A Time for Everything. Rituals Against Forgetting
Birth, childhood, school, maturity, independence, marriage, old age, and death mark painful or joyful phases in each of our lives, for which Judaism has also developed strategies. The exhibition is devoted to rituals that mark such transitions. What are the origins of these rituals, how are they practiced and what do they mean? Some sixty objects from public and private collections stand for the universal nature of these rites of passage that at the same time are of unique importance to each individual.
Alongside the cyclic religious rituals, strategies against forgetting history are also shown. The community also conducts annual rituals, some lasting several days, recalling events that shaped history. Secular rituals can for example strengthen national identity and the loyal bond to the "fatherland." In contrast, the work of the American artist Quintan Ana Wikswo considers the ‘Sonderbau’ (special block) at the Dachau concentration camp. Her haunting photo series throws light on a theme that has so far remained untold and undocumented.
An exhibition by the Jewish Museum Munich in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin
Location: Old Building, first level
Admission: with the museum ticket: 7 euros, reduced rate 3,50 euros

Program accompanying the special exhibition "A Time for Everything. Rituals Against Forgetting"

18 October
Artist’s Talk in English with Quintan Ana Wikswo
Something Important is Happening Here
The American artist Quintan Ana Wikswo will talk about her work on the ‘Sonderbau’ (special block). In large installations mixing texts and pictures she addresses the disappearance of the camp brothel in the Dachau concentration camp, creating an individual form of remembrance for the group of sexually exploited women whose lot is often ignored by collective memory to this day.
Location: Old Building, first level
Time: 6 pm
Admission: with the museum ticket: 7 euros, reduced rate 3,50 euros

Tour through the exhibition
Time: 2 pm
Duration: 1 hour
Admission: 10 euros, reduced rate 6.50 euros

Cultural Program

1 October
An Exhibition – where to start?
A Tour through the Permanent Exhibition – exhibition design, presentation of objects, and restoration practices
How was the permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin designed? What is behind the individual exhibits? And actually how permanent is a permanent exhibition? As part of a nationwide foundation day, curators and restorers answer these and similar questions in three exclusive guided tours that allow insights into their work.
Time: 2 / 4 / 6 pm
Admission free
Bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 25993 586 or o.wobst[at]jmberlin.de

10 October
Panel Discussion
Modernized, then Tolerated?
Do religions need reformation or do they have a history that we do not really understand?
At Petriplatz, a common prayer and study house for the three monotheistic religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is in the creation. It is not yet built, but has been presented at panel discussions at various locations around the city.
The history of religions is also a history of their changes. Must every belief system – caught between the preservation of traditional beliefs and the adaptation to changing social and political conditions – reinvent itself time and again?
Panelists: Micha Brumlik (educationalist and journalist), Petra Bahr (cultural representative of the Protestant Church in Germany), Kadir Sanci (imam and board member of the of prayer and study house society), Thomas Bauer (Islamic scholar).
Chair: Dirk Pilz (journalist www.nachtkritik.de, Berliner Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
Words of welcome: Cilly Kugelmann (Jewish Museum Berlin)
Location: Old Building, second level, Great Hall
Time: 7 pm
Admission: free

15. October
Reading with the Author
Juliane Berndt: "Ich weiß, ich bin kein Bequemer ... "
He was the voice of the survivors in the country of the perpetrators: Born in 1912, Heinz Galinski – having survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen – rebuilt the Jewish community in Berlin after the war and was its chairman for 43 years. Armed with a strong opinion, he took a stand on the politics of the day and worked to ensure that the injustice that was done to the Jews under the Nazi regime was not forgotten. Juliane Berndt leads us through the life of one of the most important protagonists of Jewish life in postwar Germany.
Words of welcome: Sigalit Meidler-Waks (Jewish Adult Education Center Berlin)
In cooperation with be.bra publishers and the Jewish Adult Education Center Berlin
Location: Auditorium, Old Building, ground level
Time: 7 pm
Admission: free
Bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 25993 488 or reservierung[at]jmberlin.de

21 October.
Book Presentation and Panel Discussion
Enough Reparations Made? Questions after Six Decades
To what extent does the responsibility for Nazi crimes affect German society today? Why ever do we expect collectives of descendants to take responsibility for the misdeeds of their ancestors? And if they should do so, how can completion be achieved? Not in the sense of the death of the victim, but one that can be morally and legally justified? And if completion can be achieved, how might it look?
To mark the publication of the anthology "Globalisierung der Wiedergutmachung. Politik, Moral, Moralpolitik" (ed. José Brunner, Constantin Goschler, and Norbert Frei), three experts consider these and other questions that arise after six decades of reparations to victims of Nazi persecution.
Panelists: José Brunner (legal scholar at the University of Tel Aviv), Petra Bahr (cultural representative of the Protestant Church in Germany), Cilly Kugelmann (program director, Jewish Museum Berlin)
Location: Auditorium, Old Building, ground level
Time: 7 pm
Admission: free
Bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 25993 488 or reservierung[at]jmberlin.de

21 October – 27 October
Book Week "Multifaceted"
The Jewish Museum Berlin in cooperation with kulturkind e.V. presents a variety of books on the theme of diversity in readings, workshops, and discussions. Authors, illustrators, translators, and publishers are invited to attend.
Location: Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Admission: 1 euro per person and event
Bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 259 93 424 or n.wilkens[at]jmberlin.de
Further Information can be found here.

23 October
Panel Discussion as Part of Book Week "Multifaceted"
What Should Children Read? What do Children Want to Read?
How is diversity in our society today reflected in current children’s and youth literature? How can it influence readers? What determines whether the representation of a social group succeeds in a book? How can and should diversity be reflected in children’s and youth books? Which problems may arise?
Panelists: Maureen Maisha Eggers (Chair of Childhood and Difference, University of Magdeburg-Stendal), Felix Giesa (Center for Child and Youth Media Research, University of Cologne), Mirjam Pressler (children’s and youth literature author) and Nina Wilkens (Jewish Museum Berlin)
Chair: Diana Dressel (Jewish Museum Berlin)
In cooperation with kulturkind e.V.
Location: Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Academy Hall
Time: 7 pm
Admission: free

24 October
Long Night of Libraries
Since 1 July, the new open-access library of the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin has been open to the public. On the occasion of the "Long Night of Libraries" employees of the Academy will introduce visitors the new rooms, showing the 20.000 freely accessible books as well as the magazines and papers. They will explain the range of services and terms of use for the library.
The Long Night is organized by the three library associations of Berlin: dbv-Berlin, BIB Berlin and VDB Berlin/Brandenburg. Further information is available here.
Location: Library
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Admission: free

25 October
Keynote Lecture by Edgar Feuchtwanger
"Erlebnis und Geschichte" (Experience and history):
Lion, Ludwig, and Edgar Feuchtwanger
Edgar Feuchtwanger, nephew of the writer Lion Feuchtwanger, talks about the fateful path of his family between Jewish Orthodoxy and German high culture, about his childhood in Hitler’s Germany, and his life in England, which became his second home after he emigrated.
Following the talk, Edgar Feuchtwanger will present his autobiography "Erlebnis und Geschichte" published by Duncker + Humblot.
Location: Old Building, second level, Great Hall
Time: 8 pm
Admission: free
Bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 25993 488 or reservierung[at]jmberlin.de
Further Information can be found here.

27 October
Open Day at the Academy
The new academy begins its work and invites you to come and see, explore, and browse.
We begin the open day with the letters exchanged by Moses Mendelssohn and Fromet Gugenheim when they were engaged as a small tribute to those who lend their name to the new town square in front of the academy.
As a highlight of the book week "Multifaceted" the museum presents current children’s and youth books that open up new perspectives on today’s cultural diversity. Readings and a workshop with the Helmi puppets also await you, as do the translator Myriam Halberstam and the author Aygen-Sibel Çelik among others.
"New German Stories" is the name of a new event series at the academy. To begin, the author Lena Gorelik – who comes from a Russian-Jewish immigrant family – describes her perspective of Germany and its integration debates.
The library shows items hidden in its collections including historical children’s books and rarities from the George Warburg collection of banned and burned books. Alongside treasures spanning three centuries, the archive will present family stories from Kreuzberg and Neukölln as well as documents on the situation of Jews in Germany in 1933.
Location: Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Academy Hall
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Admission: free
Further information can be found here.

28 October
Book Presentation with the Author
Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger:
"Die Juden und die Worte" (The Jews and the words)            
Amos Oz and his daughter Fania show that Jewish tradition and even Jewish uniqueness are not dependent on central places, memorials, heroic figures or rituals, but rather on written words and their interpretations and debates between the generations. Erudite, agile, and humorous, the book offers a unique journey through Jewish history and culture, inviting discussion, questions, objections, and discoveries.
A cooperation with the Literaturhandlung.
Location: Old Building, second level, Great Hall
Time: 7.30 pm
Admission: 8 euros, reduced rate 6 euros
Bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 88 24 250

Online Project

Until 31 December 2013         
1933. The Beginning of the End of German Jewry
How did the disenfranchisement and persecution begin? Until the end of the year at our online project, you will find historical documents that bear witness to what German Jews experienced day after day.

Children’s Program


Katharina Schmidt-Narischkin
Head of Press and Public Relations
Telefon: +49(0)30 259 93 419
Fax: +49(0)30 259 93 400

Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation
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1 + 8 October
Yoffi means "great"!
Hebrew Taster Course for Children from 8 to 12 Years
On the tour around the exhibition, the children will encounter old and new objects related to the Hebrew language and Jewish life. After that they will learn their first Hebrew words and make a hat from a Hebrew newspaper while singing a world-famous Hebrew song!
Time: 10 am
Duration: 3 hours
Admission: 3 euros
Information and bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 25993 305 / 322 or kinder[at]jmberlin.de.   Programs for groups and school classes can be found here.

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