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Exhibition Catalog

With a large exhibition about the most famous Jewish legendary figure, the golem (Hebrew: גולם), the Jewish Museum Berlin has focused its attention on a narrative strand that continues to inspire artists, filmmakers, and writers to this day. In this extensive catalog, experts from a variety of disciplines describe their associations with the objects in the exhibition. The volume is completed with excerpts from literary texts that have shaped the image of this legendary figure. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog shed light on the golem’s wealth of interpretations – from its origins in a ritual of Jewish mysticism to its heyday as an artificial creature in popular culture.

The catalog is available in German only, but you can read a selection of texts from the catalog in English online, too.


    184 pages with 100 color illustrations,
    Kerber Verlag
    Bielefeld and Berlin 2016

    ISBN: 978-3-7356-0277-0

    available in German only

  • Editors

    Emily D. Bilski and Martina Lüdicke
    for the Jewish Museums Berlin

  • Contributing Writers

    Isaac Asimov, Caspar Battegay, Jorge Luis Borges,
    Ronit Chacham, Joshua Cohen, Esther Dischereit,
    Louisa Hall, Karin Harrasser, Anselm Kiefer,
    Cilly Kugelmann, Hanno Loewy, Gustav Meyrink,
    Robert Pinsky, Peter Schäfer, Jeffrey Shandler,
    Helene Wecker, Paul Wegener et al.

  • Translations

    Gertrud Baruch, Michael Ebmeyer, Armin Eidherr,
    Gisbert Haefs, Dr. Tamar Lewinsky, Dr. Haim Mahlev,
    Valerie Schneider, Otto Schrag, Stefan Siebers,
    Michael Stavarič, Matthias Strobel

  • Design

    Cee Cee Creative

  • Price

    29 euros (at the museum shop)
    34 euros (regular bookstore price)

Cover des Katalogs zur Ausstellung

You may order the Jewish Museum Berlin’s publications from a bookstore or by contacting:

Janine Lehmann
T +49 (0)30 259 93 410
F +49 (0)30 259 93 409

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Catalogs: Exhibition Publications (42)

Exhibition Publications

Our temporary exhibitions have had accompanying catalogs, journals, and essay collections in various formats.

The cover of our catalog for the Jerusalem exhibition.

Welcome to Jerusalem

Exhibition Catalog

res·o·nant. Mischa Kuball

Exhibition Catalog

Eran Shakine

Exhibition Catalog A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew


Exhibition Catalog

Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

Exhibition Catalog Transcending Tradition

No Compromises! The Art of Boris Lurie

Exhibition Catalog

In a Foreign Country

Companion booklet to the exhibition about literature from DP camps


Exhibition Catalog

Pictures Galore and Collecting Mania

Exhibition Brochure

Snip it!

Exhibition Catalog


Braginsky Collection

Catalog for the exhibition The Creation of the World featuring artifacts of Jewish written culture from the Braginsky Collection

Fred Stein. Paris New York

Exhibition Catalog


A Time for Everything

Rituals against Forgetting – Exhibition catalog

The Whole Truth

Special Issue for the Exhibition

JMB Journal

R.B. Kitaj

Catalog for the exhibition about the artist R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007)

Russians Jews Germans

A catalog accompanying the exhibition Russians Jews Germans. Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present


Berlin Transit

Exhibition Catalog

Heimatkunde (How German is it?)

30 Artists' Notion of Home – Exhibition Catalog

Radical Jewish?

Special Issue for the Radical Jewish Culture Exhibition


Jewish Forced Laborers at Ehrich & Graetz

Book about forced labor at the metal and electric goods manufacturer in Berlin's Treptow district

Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis

Exhibition catalog about Jewish authors and illustrators and comics

Flight and Metamorphosis

Exhibition Catalog

Kosher & Co.

Catalog for the exhibition on food and religion containing numerous essays (with free excerpts)


Deadly Medicine

Exhibition Catalog Tödliche Medizin. Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus
(Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race)

Ruth Jacobi. Photographs

Exhibition Catalog

Looting Restitution

Jewish-Owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present


Exhibition Catalog typisch! Klischees von Juden und Anderen
(Typical! Clichés about Jews and Others)

Dateline: Israel

Exhibition catalog of contemporary photography and video art

Charlotte Salomon

Exhibition Catalog Charlotte Salomon. Leben? oder Theater?
(Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theater?)

"Neben seinen Schnürsenkeln in einem leeren Kühlschrank laufen" ("Walking Next to One’s Shoelaces Inside an Empty Fridge")

Book on the Installation by Chantal Akerman

The Danube Exodus

Companion publication to the multimedia installation The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River

Home and Exile

Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition Catalog

Roman Vishniac's Berlin

Exhibition Catalog


JMB Logo


Exhibition Catalog

Family Pictures

Exhibition Publication

Jakob Steinhardt: Der Prophet (Jakob Steinhardt: The Prophet)

A Publication by the Berlin Municipal Museum

10+5=Gott (10+5=God)

Exhibition Catalog


Carlo Levi

Exhibition Catalog Carlo Levi. Ausgewählte Werke 1926–1974
(Carlo Levi. Selected Works, 1926–1974)

"Dem Deutschen Volke" (To the German People)

The Story of the Loevy Bronze Foundry (Exhibition Publication)

Disposable Eyes

Companion publication to two photography projects, Disposable Eyes and Promised Land

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