Audiovisual Media Collection

Our audiovisual media collection encompasses both analog and digital sound and image carriers. These include historical sound recordings, family films, video art and in-house productions that were created for exhibitions.

Family and Amateur Films

The collection focuses on one-off, private films and video recordings from the 1920s to the present day. We collect family films and amateur films as a key component of our audiovisual heritage. They provide insights into everyday Jewish life, religious traditions in regions and families and the interior design of private dwellings and Jewish institutions.


Video and audio interviews document the changes in Jewish self-perceptions and provide a rich source for historical research. We run a number of projects in this area and collect interview material that has been generated by research projects and exhibitions elsewhere.

Media Art

The artistic works that we have acquired in recent years include the 3-channel video installations Drummerrsss by Gilad Ratman (2020) and Malka Germania by Yael Bartana (2021), as well as Neuland, an eight-part audio and video installation by Yael Reuveny (2023), all of which were commissioned by the JMB.

Claude Lanzmann Audio Archive

The Lanzmann audio archive is an extraordinarily valuable holding. Comprising around 220 hours of recordings, it documents the research and preliminary interviews conducted by Claude Lanzmann and his assistants in different countries and many different languages before the filming of Shoah. In 2023, the recordings, together with Lanzmann’s monumental film, were inscribed into the UNESCO register of the world’s documentary heritage. They will be made accessible in their entirety in the years to come.

Empty cardboard box with a white label. A dozen music cassettes lie around it.

Claude Lanzmann’s audio archive; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Roman März


Dr. Tamar Lewinsky
Curator of Audiovisual Media
T +49 (0)30 259 93 458


Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9–14
10969 Berlin

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