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Press Invitation, 6 January 2014

Cultural Program of the Jewish Museum Berlin in January 2014

The events in 2014 start with a book reading with the authors on 15 January that is part of the series "New German Stories" organized by the Academy Programs "Migration and Diversity".
The cultural trip to Prague and Theresienstadt (Terezín) from 31 January to 2 February marks the beginning of the program surrounding the "Defiant Requiem" at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Acadamy Programs "Migration and Diversity"

15 January
Reading and Discussion as Part of the Series "New German Stories"
We, the New Germans – Who we are, what we want
Alice Bota, Khuę Pham und Özlem Topçu
Nearly 16 million people in Germany have a so-called migration background. Whether they were born here or immigrated – most of them are time and again made to feel that they live in a society whose self-image excludes them. But what does it mean to be German today?
The journalists Alice Bota, Khuę Pham, and Özlem Topçu tell in their book "We, the New Germans" their stories of a life beyond distinct ethnicities. They talk about their multiple identities, their different backgrounds and come to the conclusion that they are – despite everything and because of it all the more – a part of this society.
Chaired by Yasemin Shooman, Head of Academy Programs "Migration and Diversity"
Location: Academy Hall
Time: 7.30 pm
Admission: 5 euros, reduced rate 3 euros
Visitor Bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 25993 488 or reservierung[at]jmberlin.de


23 January
The "Simson" Case – Liquidation and Restitution of a Company through the "Treuhandanstalt"
The "Simson" company reflects like no other the eventful German history of the 20th century. The Jewish merchant family, Simson, founded its weapon and vehicle factory in Suhl / Thuringia in 1856. In 1935, the owners were expropriated without compensation and the Simson family managed to immigrate to the United States.
The company remained in state ownership until 1989. In 1990, the Treuhandanstalt took over the privatization and thus one of the largest restitution cases after 1989. What made the case particularly controversial was that the Jewish heirs wanted to acquire parts of the business, but the Treuhandanstalt did not accept their bid.
Twenty years on, the former protagonists meet again and discuss the tumultuous events after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Location: Old Building, ground floor, Auditorium
Time: 7 pm
Admission: free
Visitor bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 25993 488 or reservierung[at]jmberlin.de

Focus "Theresienstadt Ghetto" – in a Program surrounding the "Defiant Requiem"

31 January to 2 February
Cultural Trip to Prague and Theresienstadt
With Program Director Cilly Kugelmann
The history of the Terezín Ghetto is a focus of the spring program of the both the museum and Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin. Marking the performance on the "Defiant Requiem" on 4 March 2014, the Jewish Museum Berlin organizes a cultural trip to Prague and Terezín.
On this three-day trip, participants will visit the Terezín Ghetto Memorial with the program director Cilly Kugelmann. Guided tours and talks by memorial guides will provide insights into the "exceptional ghetto" and its particular history. In Prague, participants will explore the city’s Jewish quarter with staff from the local Jewish Museum.
Cost: from 325 euros per person including train ride from Berlin Central Station, 2 nights in a double room with breakfast in a centrally located ****star hotel, transfers, and entrance fees as well as two group meals.
Not included in the price are: further dinner / lunch, optional city tour on Friday afternoon, tips, travel insurance, personal expenses, single room supplement of 49 euros.
Tour operator: Ventus Reisen GmbH, tour operator for group and individual travel, Berlin
Bookings: s.rossbach[at]jmberlin.de
Requests from journalists: Journalists who are interested in joining the trip for press coverage, please contact the press department due to the restricted number of participants k.schmidt-narschkin[at]jmberlin.de

New Admission Fees

Please note the new admission fees since 1 January 2014:

Permanent and Special Exhibitions
Regular admission: 8 euros
Discounted admission (valid ID required): 3 euros
Discounted admission applies for: students, university students, volunteers (Federal Volunteer Service), recipients of unemployment benefit I ("ALG I"), severely disabled people (minimum of 50 percent)
Family ticket: 14 euros
Up to 2 adults with up to 4 children under 18
Free admission (valid ID required):
• Children under 6
• Members of the Friends and Patrons of the Jewish Museum Berlin
• Recipients of unemployment benefit II ("ALG II")
• Recipients of basic security benefits or benefits in accordance with the German Social Welfare Law for Asylum Seekers
• Person accompanying a disabled person if specified in severe disability ID
• Members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and members of the German Museums Association (DMB)
• Members of the press

Touristic offers
Museum Pass Berlin: 24 euros / red. 12 euros
Admission to approx. 50 museums in Berlin
on three consecutive days
Admission with valid Berlin Welcome Card: 6 euros / red. 2.25 euros
Admission with valid City-Tour-Card: 6.40 euros / red. 3 euros

Audio guide*
Audio guide for adults: 3 euros
Available in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian
* Subject to availability.
A valid ID is required as a deposit.

Public guided tours
For adults: 3 euros + admission
For children: 3 euros + admission

Special offers
Jewish Museum Berlin & Berlinische Galerie
Reduced admission with a ticket for the Berlinische Galerie on the day of purchase and the two following days.

Pre-booked guided tours for groups
The fees apply for guided tours with a duration up to 90 minutes. Maximum of 15 persons per group, larger groups must be split up. One teacher per 10 students or one tourist guide per group is granted free admission.
Pre-booking is required.
Regular fee: 60 euros + admission
For groups with university students, apprentices/trainees: 30 euros + admission (see overleaf)
For groups with students: 30 euro (admission included)
For groups with recipients of benefits qualifying for free admission: 30 euros (admission included)

Cancellation fee for group bookings
A cancellation fee incurs if the booking is not cancelled
at least two working days before the scheduled visit.
Regular group: 47 euros
Group of students, apprentices/trainees, recipients of benefits listed overleaf: 30 euros

Workshops / combined guided tours / project days for groups
For detailed information, please visit the website www.jmberlin.de/ksl or contact our boooking office:
phone +49 (0)30 25 993 305


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
Lindenstr. 9-14, 10969 Berlin

Maximum of 15 persons + one accompanying person per group.

Groups without guided tours or guided tours with external guides
Participants: The admission fees to the exhibitions apply.
Tourist guides, external tour guides, bus drivers: one free admission per group
Teachers: free admission for one teacher per 10 students
Maximum of 20 persons per group.

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