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Catastrophe

Guided Tour

This tour presents the core exhibition with a focus on the historical epoch room Catastrophe. An introduction to the museum building’s iconic architecture is part of this exhibition tour.

Hundreds of decrees and measures were issued against Jews between 1933 and 1945. Printed on large flags suspended from the ceiling, they form an installation that makes the extent, completeness, and perfidy of the Nazi regime’s bureaucratically decreed Antisemitism spatially perceptible. Opposite it is a map projection that spatially and temporally pinpoints violent attacks on Jewish people, shops, and community facilities, thus showing another central aspect of persecution.

By appointment

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin

Where

Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Long white paper banners with text hang from the ceiling interrupted by showcases, in the background stands a blonde woman

View of the epoch room Catastrophe; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Yves Sucksdorff

Exhibits from our family collections illustrate attempts to flee Germany. Striking objects such as “Judensterne” (Jewish Stars), passport photos of Jewish forced laborers from the Berlin firm Ehrich & Graetz, and personal documents allow insights into biographies and raise questions: Why was the escape not always successful? How did Jewish resistance make itself known?

Interactions with the exhibition allow room for individual exploration of the subject and space for group discussions.

Opened album with pictures of the Chicago skyline, a skyscraper and a painted head with feather decoration, and handwritten text

Album for the departure of Margot (1913-2010) and Ernst Rosenthal (1898-1971), Bruno Heidenheim (died 1940), Chemnitz, 1936; Jewish Museum Berlin, donation by Karin and Steve Rosenthal, photo: Roman März

Where, when, what?

  • When Tour by appointment
  • Duration 45 or 90 minutes
  • Where Jewish Museum Berlin

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

    See location on map
  • Corona rules Follow the current hygiene regulations of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

    Cost per group45 min
    25 € for school groups
    40 € for adults reduced rate
    60 € for adults

    90 min
    45 € for school groups
    70 € for adults reduced rate
    90 € for adults

    Booking requestFor groups we offer guided tours on your desired date. Please contact us 4-6 weeks before your desired date for this service. 
    Booking request

    ContactT +49 (0)30 259 93 305 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–4 pm)
    visit@jmberlin.de

    Number of participants up to 15

    Please noteThis tour is suitable for adults as well as for school classes of grades 9-13.

    Languages We generally offer this tour in German and English. If you would like to request it to be held in French, Italian, Hebrew, or Simple German, please contact us and we will confirm whether this is possible for your desired date and time.

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