Contemporary History Collection

Contemporary History Collection

The Contemporary History collection was established in 2015 to document Jewish life in Germany from 1945 to the present.

Thematic Focal Points

Thematically it covers the history of displaced persons in occupied Germany, the rebuilding of Jewish communities and institutions in East and West Germany, the immigration of Russian Jews to reunified Germany, and Berlin's appeal for young Israelis today. Further emphases include the complex history of German–Jewish relations after the Shoah and the portrayal of Jews and the State of Israel in various media.

Personal Items and Historical Events

Objects and documents that are linked to the history of individuals and families or tell historical events from a personal perspective are of particular interest for our collection. We also document Jewish organizations and special occasions such as rallies, sporting events, and other events in individual communities.

Private Films and Videos

Another focal point is building up holdings of amateur films and videos. These are an important audiovisual legacy and an asset to both exhibitions and cultural history research. Private film and video footage provides valuable glimpses into everyday Jewish life as well as regional and family religious traditions from past decades.

Objects from Our Museum’s History

The foundation and development of our own institution can also be illustrated using objects of contemporary history such as gifts from visitors, staff ID cards, and architectural models. This collection grows on an ongoing basis.

Help Us Out!

Since this collection is still being developed, we would greatly appreciate your bequests or donations of relevant objects!

Contact
Dr. Tamar Lewinsky
Curator of Contemporary History
phone: 
+49 (0)30 259 93 458
fax: 
+49 (0)30 259 93 409

Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9–14
10969 Berlin

Our Reading Room is open to the public. You can also research using our library’s holdings and some of our collection’s holdings online. To view additional holdings, please contact the responsible curators.
The contact person for photo reproductions is Valeska Wolfgram (tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 433, email: v.wolfgram@jmberlin.de). Due to preparations for our new permanent exhibition, our time is very limited. We therefore ask that you please refrain from sending loan requests for the time being. For urgent inquiries, please contact Katrin Strube (tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 417, email: k.strube@jmberlin.de).
Our Reading Room is open to the public. You can also research using our library’s holdings and some of our collection’s holdings online. To view additional holdings, please contact the responsible curators.