All Sorts of Stories

Johanna Wokalek Reads Bertha Pappenheim (audio recording available, in German)

Portrait Johanna Wokalek

Johanna Wokalek; photo: Stefan Klüter

Bertha Pappenheim, women’s rights activist and founder of the Jewish Women’s Association, translated the Mayse-Bukh (story book) in 1929 – a collection of Yiddish stories, myths and legends first printed in Basel in 1602. These all sorts of stories, as Pappenheim refers to them in her preface, are based on traditional Jewish stories from the Midrash and the Talmud, but also from fairy tales and oral traditions.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

The Mayse-Bukh was popular reading for Jewish women who were not able to read the original Hebrew religious texts. Bertha Pappenheim endeavored to preserve the original Yiddish linguistic features in her German translation. The actress Johanna Wokalek will read from the translation.

A cooperation with Evonik Industries AG

Who was Bertha Pappen­heim?

Bertha Pappenheim (1859–1936), a feminist who worked to improve the religious education of Jewish women, fought for female equality in Jewish institutions, and founded the Jüdischer Frauenbund in 1904

Porträt Johanna Wokalek

Audio recording of the Reading on 21 November 2016, in German; Jewish Museum Berlin 2016

Where, when, what?

  • When21 Nov 2016
  • Where Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
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