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Jewish Life in Germany: Past & Present

Core Exhibition

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Rich, diverse and interactive – our new core exhibition presents Jewish history and culture in Germany, covering an area of over 3,500 square meters.

  Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus

Where

Libeskind Building

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Historical Tour – Exciting Perspectives

A video installation in the Libeskind Building – Drummerrsss created specifically for the exhibition by Israeli artist Gilad Ratman – is the prelude to walking through the axes and ascending the impressive staircase to the exhibition rooms, where a sculpturally designed welcome point invites visitors to engage.

The subsequent tour of the exhibition combines historical narrative with insights into Jewish culture and religion: What is sacred in Judaism? What happens on the Shabbat? What is the sound of Judaism?

Long staircase with projected Hebrew and Latin letters that form city names

Light projection on the stairs to the core exhibition; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Roman März

Alongside the presentation of objects, art installations, hands-on stations, and virtual reality over two levels await visitors. The wealth of the museum’s own collection has a greater emphasis than before – more than 70 percent of the over 1000 objects are from the museum’s own holdings. The conservators have been busy preparing objects for the exhibition over the past months to let them shine in a new light.

More Space for the Jewish Present

The exhibition is divided into five historical chapters spanning from the beginnings of Jewish life in Ashkenaz, through the emancipation movement, the Enlightenment, and its failure, to the present. The largest space is dedicated to National Socialism and the chapter After 1945, where topics such as restitution and reparation, the relationship to Israel and Russian-speaking immigration from 1990 onwards are the central themes. As a “final chorus,” the video installation Mesubin (The Gathered) brings the polyphony of contemporary Jewish together.

A person runs her fingers over a tactile plan, on the wall in front of her an oil painting of a bride

Touch plan for the portrait of Albertine Heine as bride, August Theodor Kaselowsky, Berlin 1835; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Yves Sucksdorff

Room in shades of blue with undulating seating and recessed television screens

Exhibition space on the triangle of relations between Israel, Germany, and the Jews with historical film footage; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Yves Sucksdorff

An Exhibition – Real Teamwork!

The exhibition was developed by a team of over 20 curators in close cooperation with the chezweitz consortium GmbH/Hella Rolfes Architects BDA. 

We would like to thank our friends, sponsors, supporters, donors, and lenders, whose participation made the exhibition possible.

Want to Learn More?

An audio guide in six languages takes you through the exhibition – easy to use as an app on your own smartphone. Of course we also offer tours with guides for groups of different ages and needs, and visitors with or without previous knowledge. Touch models and plans, display cases designed to allow close viewing by wheelchair users, and clearly designated routes make the museum accessible for people with impairments.
 

The New Core Exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin

With funding provided by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a resolution by the German Bundestag.

With the support of the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin in the U.S.

Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation

Leadership

Hetty Berg (Director from 1 April 2020)
Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. mult. Peter Schäfer (Director until June 2019)
Martin Michaelis (Managing Director)
Durmus Bülent (Organizational Director)

Head Curator

Cilly Kugelmann

Project Director

Dr. Michael Dorrmann

Project Manager

Henriette Kolb

Team of Curators

Inka Bertz, Julia Carls, Dr. Yaniv Feller, Monika Flores, Michal S. Friedlander, Miriam Goldmann, Dr. Christoph Kreutzmüller, Maren Krüger, Dr. Tamar Lewinsky, Martina Lüdicke, Dr. Haim Mahlev, Leonore Maier, Theresa Polley (exhibition assistant), Aubrey Pomerance, Dr. Lucia Raspe, Lisa-Maria Renner (exhibition assistant), Iris Saeger, David Studniberg, Theresia Ziehe

Council of Experts for the New Core Exhibition (2016 to 2019)

Prof. Dr. Anja Dauschek, Prof. Yaacob Dweck, Prof. Dr. Johannes Heil, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Christoph Sattler, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

Advisory Council of the Jewish Museum Berlin (2019 to 2020)

Prof. Dr. Michael Brenner, Prof. Dr. Anja Dauschek, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dan Diner (Chairman), Prof. Dr. Barbara Hahn, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Angelika Neuwirth, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

Research Trainees

Sabrina Akermann, Dr. Shelley Harten

Project Assistants

Sarah Binz, Anna Golus

Project Manager for Exhibition Operations

Daniel Ihde

Student Assistant

Nadine Grieser

Editing and Coordination

Dr. Michael Dorrmann, Henriette Kolb, Maren Krüger, Dr. Tamar Lewinsky, Martina Lüdicke, Marie Naumann, Katharina Wulffius; Kristina Friske (buerominimal. Büro für Text und Gestaltung)

Collection Management

Dr. Iris Blochel-Dittrich, Anna Gogonjan, Barbara Heinrich, Petra Hertwig, Gisela Märtz, Katrin Strube

Conservation Supervision

Frederike Beseler, Petra Breidenstein, Barbara Decker, Ava Hermann, Franziska Lipp, Stephan Lohrengel, René Otto, Gesine Siedler, Emilia Sleczek, Rüdiger Tertel, Regina Wellen, Ines Zimmermann

Photographic Documentation

Lukas Behrendt, Leyla Dibowski, Sonja Eichstädt, Stefanie Haupt, Svenja Kutscher, Birgit Maurer-Porat, Svenja Springob, Valeska Wolfgram

Digital & Publishing

Lisa Albrecht, Debora Antmann, Immanuel Ayx, Dr. Mirjam Bitter, Dagmar Ganßloser, Michael Geiger, Constantin Köhler, Marie Naumann, Heiko Niebur, Anika Nowak-Wetterau, Florian Schmeling, Madeleine Schneider, Dr. Doreen Tesche, Barbara Thiele, Katharina Wulffius

Archive

Franziska Bogdanov, Ulrike Neuwirth, Susanne Schuur, Dominic Strieder, Jörg Waßmer

Education

Dr. Diana Dressel, Sarah Hiron, Tanja Petersen, Fabian Schnedler, Andy Simanowitz, Nina Wilkens, Marc Wrasse

Visitor Experience & Research

Christiane Birkert, Susann Holz, Alexa Kürth, Dr. Johannes Rinke

Rights Management

Martha Altenstein, Sascha Brejora, Henrike Büscher, Hartmut Goetze, Philipp Hartog, Martina Krause, Henriette Mögel, Dr. Gerhard Stahr

Building Management

Felix Blank, Guido Böttcher, Mirko Dalsch, Manuela Konzack, Jochen Mindak

ICT

Michael A. Concepcion, Anja Jauert, Kathleen Koehler, Ulf Neubert, Sebastian Nadler

Management Office

Milena Fernando, Mathias Groß, Janine Lehmann, Vera von Lehsten

Finances

Odette Bütow, Rainer Christoffers, Andreas Harm, Mirela Lüders, Stefan Rosin, Grit Schleheider, Katja Schwarzer

Personnel

Kathrin Gottschalk, Manuela Gümüssoy, Katrin Krüger, Matthias Mund, Birgit Riedeberger, Miriam Simonsohn, Katja Vathke, Nasanin Zekrgoo

Marketing & Communication

Kerstin Crowley, Ha Van Dinh, Julia Jürgens, Johanna Mirea, Katrin Möller, Sascha Perkins, Gesine Tyradellis, Lena Wanner, Lisa Weber, Judith Westphal, Petra Wiege, Sylvia Winkler

Development

Johanna Brandt, Anja Butzek, Luna Fischer, Kristin Mayerhofer, Julia Mitrach, Annelie Müller, Amelie Neumayr, Nana Prinzen, Heike Rohde-Siebel

Interns

Jonah Cowen, Corinna Sohst, Aaron Wei Zhang

Voluntary Social Year

Paul Herbusch

Exhibition

Scenography, Exhibition Design, Exhibition Architecture

ARGE chezweitz GmbH I Hella Rolfes Architects BDA: Dr. Sonja Beeck, Detlef Weitz, Hella Rolfes
Team chezweitz: Detlef Weitz (overall scenography), Morten Ohlsen (project management), Sonja Beeck, Johannes Bögle, Danielle Gringmuth, Hans Hagemeister, Elena Lee, Jana Mateijka, Wenke Merkel, Lena Schmidt, Jan Stauf, Jaroslav Toussaint, Katerina Vraga, Leila Weber, Tanja Wehking, Lars Weitemeier, Janina Zimmermann
with Marcus Bahra, Jan Kalfus, and Barbara Weinberger
Team Hella Rolfes Architects BDA: Hella Rolfes (overall project management), Joachim Kleine Allekotte (project management), Brigitte Fischer, Gesa Gerstenberger, Andrea Kubinszky, Laura Maasry, Anna Schedler
Light design team: Urs Schreiner and Sascha Homburg (Envue Homburg Licht GmbH), Fanny Perineau, Martina Tillemann
Video installation/media design: Stefan Hurtig (Sehen & Zeigen)

Media Planning

Framegrabber Medien GmbH: Gerald Engler, Timo Mugele, Sebastian Rau, Edin Rodjakovic

Further Planners and Experts

3-D models of the exhibition floors: Scan3D Dienstleistungsgesellschaft mbH; acoustics: Müller BBM GmbH; building climate control: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning Löber, Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Meinhold; lighting control: Johnson Controls Systems & Service GmbH; consulting and proofing of exhibition materials: Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM); electrical design: Planungsbüro M. Fabis (wiring), IFE Grothe GmbH (renovation of electronic sub-distribution); risk assessment: Arbeitsschutz Jeannette Borch e. K.; vibration engineering: Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Kracht; air-conditioning: Klimakonzept Ingenieurgesellschaft bR, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Fitzner; flooring renovation planning: Die Bodenkanzlei GmbH; fire safety planning: HHP West Beratende Ingenieure GmbH; testing engineer for fire safety: Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Menzel; testing engineer for structural stability: Dr.-Ing. Thomas Klähne; expert for paint and varnish work: Walter Felder; expert for glass construction: GSK GmbH; health and safety coordination: IPS Ingenieurbüro Peter Schubert GmbH; structural planning: GSE Ingenieur-Gesellschaft mbH Saar, Enseleit und Partner; glass structural planning: Hildebrandt Ingenieure Gesellschaft für Tragwerkplanung mbH; welcome tree structural planning: Vít Červený

Display cases and exhibition construction

2. Ground floor: Schreinerei Langner; 1st floor: Nüssli (Switzernland) AG; prism display cases: Bayer Glasbau GmbH with Harald Müller Metall Sonderfertigung GmbH and Artis GmbH

Special construction

Welcome point: Rühling Shop + Objekt; Shabbat room: Schreinerei Langer; projection wall for "The Way You Walk" / "Sound" thematic room: Blank GmbH; wall design for "Locations of Expulsion in the Middle Ages" / map of Germany for "Letters of Protection": Atelier Burkhard Witzmann; film room and "Anti-Semitism Debate Room": Nüssli (Switzerland) AG; busts in "Hall of Fame": Objektleuchten Berlin / Hansen GmbH; glass pillars and bar construction 1st floor: flz – Stahl- und Metallbau Lauterbach GmbH; metal construction: Artex Museum Services GmbH / Tomkin GmbH Event & Service GmbH; seating and seat pads: Unique Factory, Bjelosevic Mensud & Music-Zander GbR; cavity flooring with surface layer: BARiT Kunstharz – Belagstechnik GmbH; carpeting: Berliner Ausbau GmbH; lighting: mawa design. Licht- und Wohnideen GmbH; neon lettering: Ilm-neon GmbH

Further Trades Groups / Preparatory Construction Measures

Adjustments to the ventilation system: Apleona HSG Ost GmbH; floor renovation: Steinveredelung Finsterwalde GmbH; restoration of doors in the stairwell: Tischlerei K &V; window film: Rudolph Folientechnik GmbH; floor wiring channels: Yücel Heße Diamant-Kernbohrungen & Sägen; scaffolding: Quadriga Gesellschaft für Gerüstbau mbH, Union Gerüstbau GmbH; painting: Marotzke Malerbetrieb GmbH, Lazar Malermeister GmbH; Leitwerk Messe- und Ausstellungsbau; plaster patching: Vesta Baugeschäft GmbH; lock system: Kiowski Sicherheitstechnik GmbH; drywall installation: Thomas Lutter Bauausführungen GmbH; firedoor renovation: Hodapp GmbH & Co. KG; renovation of smoke exhaust flaps: Schlentzek & Kühn GmbH; renovation of sub-distributors: Judis Elektro & Telekommunikation GmbH; wiring: Ritter Starkstromtechnik Berlin GmbH & Co. KG

Graphics Production

Graphic exhibits: Eicher Werkstätten GmbH &Co. KG; design of exhibition labels: Darius Samek; printing of exhibition labels: PIGMENTPOL Sachsen GmbH; reproductions: Labor Pixel Grain GmbH

Delivery and Installation of Media Technology

AVE Audio Visual Equipment

Furnishings

Fißler & Kollegen GmbH: Robert Bach, Jan Dunkel, Thomas Fißler, Tobias Herrmann, Franziska Hülsenberg, Daniel Klawitter (project management), Alexander Klenz, Frank Maier, Ruth Münzner, Emmanuel Post, Matthias Röhrborn, Georg Sadowicz, Jan Stradtmann

Transport

Belaj Fine Art Service; Brandl Fine Art Service; Hasenkamp Internationale Transporte

Insurance

Kuhn & Bülow Versicherungsmakler GmbH

Photography

Roman März, Yves Sucksdorff

Translators

English: Adam Blauhut, Allison Brown, Amanda DeMarco, Jacob Daniel Schneider, Dr. Kate Sturge, Maria Swiderski
German: Michael Ebmeyer, Ulrike Granitzki

Editing of English Texts

Richard Toovey, Paul Hockenos

Media Stations

Drummerrsss
Artist: Gilad Ratman; sound design and music direction Daniel Meir; percussion: Alejandra Levi, Haggai Fershtman; cinematography Asi Oren; production: Eyal Vexler; co-production: Frederik Kunkel; post-production: Quentin Verbruggen
Implementation at the Jewish Museum Berlin Gregor H. Lersch, Deniz Roth

The Way You Walk

Director and producer: Ruth Olshan; co-director: Niva Ehrlich; dramaturg: Christiane Schniebel; director of photography: Rasmus Sievers; 2nd camera: Antonia Schäfer; film editing: Christiane Schniebel, Jessica Ehlebracht; sound design: Maximilian Rodegra – Loop Postproduktion UG
In cooperation with the international film school cologne (ifs)

Musicroom

Programming 2av GmbH; sign language videos: yomma GmbH; sound recordings: Jürgen Copenhaguen-Bormuth

Use of VR for Destroyed Synagogues

Virtual reconstruction: Technical University Darmstadt, Digital Design Unit - Marc Grellert, Manfred Koob; revision and VR programming: Architectura Virtualis GmbH, partner of TU Darmstadt, Marc Grellert, Jakob Reising; expert consultation: Salomon Korn, Wolfgang Liebenwein, Hanna Salomon; funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The Outsider as Insider. Jews in the Weimar Republic

A video installation by chezweitz GmbH, museale und urbane Szenografie, Berlin
Directors: Dominique Müller & Detlef Weitz; project assistant: Lars Weitemeier; graphic design: Janina Zimmermann; installation: Dominique Müller; sound design: Samuel Gfeller

Family Album

schnellebuntebilder. Studio für Animation und Interaktion, Berlin

Topography of Violence

Urban Complexity Lab project team of the FH Potsdam: Viktoria Brüggemann, Fabian Ehmel, Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk; design & development: Fabian Ehmel

Emigrate—But Where To?

Framegrabber Medien GmbH; artistic director: Timo Mugele; creative director: Sebastian Rau; Art director/animation: Philipp Quast; exhibit development: Margarethe Mielentz; programming: Martin Maurer; exhibit construction: Expotec GmbH

Chaim Rumkowski's Speech

Actor: Udo Samel; director, dramaturg: Patricia Schon; cinematography, editing: Stefan Hurtig; sound assistant: Louis Volkmann; make-up: Yael Neander; sound recording: Küß Mich Musik Produktion & Verlag, Eshel Sound Studios, Tel Aviv; narrators: Mendy Cahan, Cathlen Gawlich

Anti-Semitism Debate Room

Programming: 2av GmbH, Martin Schmitt, Manuel Herr, Surya Wöhrle; animated films: Philipp Seefeldt; cinematography and editing: Peter Schnappauf

Mesubin

A video installation by: Yael Reuveny / Clemens Walter; producer: Tina Mersmann; color correction and editing assistant: Vanessa Dahl; title design: Mieke Ulfig & Anne-Katrin Ahrens; sound design: Jana Irmert; cinematography assistant: Na’ama Landau

Other media stations

2av GmbH; Architectura Virtualis GmbH; chezweitz GmbH, museale und urbane Szenografie; buchstabenschubser GbR Jan Gabbert & Ellen Stein; Framegrabber Medien GmbH; Graphscape GmbH / h neun Berlin; Hagit Hollander-Shimoni; jetaido; OUTERMEDIA GmbH; Sammler & Jäger Filmproduktion GmbH

Film Editing and Processing

Peter Wollring

Subtitles

alias film und sprachtransfer GmbH

Transcription

Digitalmeister GmbH; Yael Attia

Sound Recording and Processing

Tonstudio Schieffer

Narrators

Robert Besta, Oliver Brod, Mendy Cahan, Yvette Coetzee, Nancy du Plessis, Cathlen Gawlich, Marianne Graffam, Stephen Jacob, Katharina Koschny, Filip Kosior, Rachel Pattison, Marty Sander, Vera Teltz, Stewart Tryster, Jan Uplegger

Accessibility in the Exhibition

Inkl. Design GmbH – Agentur für Gestaltung; yomma GmbH

Hands-On Stations

Franke – Steinert GmbH Ausstellungsgestaltung für Museen; Leitwerk Messe & Ausstellungsbau; Dipl.-Des. Felix Rupprath

Illustrations

buchstabenschubser GbR; Jessica Deutsch; Rutu Modan

Portrait Drawings for Hall of Fame

Andree Volkmann

Reproduction of the Torah Binder

Heiner Büld and Twist (Ines Zimmermann)

Replicas of Hebrew Lead Letters

Typefoundry Rainer Gerstenberg

Gravestone Models

Frank Rüdiger, stonemason and master sculptor

Synagogue Cutaway Models

Digital models: Technical University Darmstadt, Digital Design Unit, and Architectura Virtualis GmbH; conception and creation of print data for stainless steel printing: Architectura Virtualis GmbH; production: Brezina & Schreiber

Design of the Booklet Art and Artists

Ulrike Damm

Brand Development and Corporate Design

Stan Hema

Advertising Campaign

Brandyourlife

Invitation Design

buerominimal. Büro für Text und Gestaltung

Media Partners

Radioeins, Yorck Kinogruppe, Dussmann das Kulturkaufhaus, tip Berlin, Tagesspiegel

Video Communication Production

PxB Studios

Legal Advising

BÖRGERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB; Müller-Wrede & Partner Rechtsanwälte

Redesign of The Axes

Concept and project management: Maren Krüger; design: eckedesign GmbH; production: Nowka + Forster GmbH; display cases and film application: A-Z Glaserei & Folientechnik GmbH; Schöninger Vitrinenbau GmbH; technical consulting: Leitwerk Messe- und Ausstellungsbau

JMB App

Director of digital & publishing: Barbara Thiele; JMB App project manager: Lisa Albrecht; concept and project team: Dr. Michael Dorrmann, Monika Flores, Susann Holz, Constantin Köhler, Henriette Kolb, Maren Krüger, Heiko Niebur (JMB)
Concept, programming, and design: NOUS Wissensmanagement GmbH; dramaturgy, copywriting, translation, and production: Antenna Audio GmbH; narrators: Elmar Börger, Stephan Buchheim, Robert Frank, Sandra Hüller, Ilka Teichmüller, Heike Warmuth; musical interpretations: Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari and Roni Brenner; accessibility consulting: Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein Berlin, Andreas Döltgen, Silvia Gegenfurtner, Domingos de Oliveira

Lenders

Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Serrastretta, Italy
Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Art Collection
Archäologische Staatssammlung Munich
The Beckhardt and Couchman families
The Federal Republic of Germany
Center for the History of Psychology, The University of Akron
Jonah Cowen
The Demant family
Cathedral Museum, Brandenburg an der Havel
Domschatzkammer Osnabrück
The Eger family
Sibylle Ehrlich
Konrad and Rahel Feilchenfeldt
Dr. Wolfgang Georg Fischer, Vienna / London
Christoph Frank, Lugano
The Fürstenberg family
Fundació Carulla – Museu de la Vida Rural
Fränkisches Museum Feuchtwangen
Rabbi Joan Friedman, Akron
The Friedlaender siblings
Michal and Noam Friedlander
Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Princeton
Fritta-Haas
The Mohun Himmelweit family
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg. Loans from the Federal Republic of Germany
Dr. Ruth Gross, Bildarchiv Abraham Pisarek
The Jewish Museum London
The Jewish Museum, New York
Manfred Joachim
Jewish Community Frankfurt am Main
Jewish Museum Vienna
Jewish Museum Worms in the Rashi House
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem – The Feuchtwanger Collection
Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Jerusalem
Anselm Kiefer
The Kirschner family
Rabbi Elisa Klapheck, Frankfurt am Main
University of Cologne Department of Art History
Landesmuseum Burgenland
Loan from a member of the Jewish Community of Dresden
Dmytro Melnyk
Dr. Erika Michael
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley
Museum Augusta Raurica, Augst
Museum Brot und Kunst – Forum Welternährung, Ulm
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Neue Galerie, Städtische Kunstsammlung
Georg Muzicant, Vienna
Vera Primakova
John and Ellen Rothman, as well as Bill and Renée Rothman and Susan Rothman Seeley
Robert Schulzmann, Berlin
Rabbi Tanya Segal, Krakow
Spertus Institute, Chicago
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie
Staats- und Stadtbibliothek Augsburg
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/ Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Handschriftenabteilung
Stadt Köln, Dezernat Kunst und Kultur VII-3, Archäologische Zone, Romano-Germanic Museum of the City of Cologne
Stichting Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam
Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin – Centrum Judaicum
Rabbi Jackie Tabick, London
Elena Tanaeva
Thüringisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie, Weimar
University Archives and Special Collections, Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology
The Wiener Holocaust Library Collections, London
Yeshiva University Museum, New York
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York
Zentralarchiv zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland, Heidelberg

As well as other private lenders who do not wish to be named.

Donors

Horst Abraham, Miriam Alexander, Barbara Algaze, Michal Alon, Robert Altner, Steven and Hilary Anson, Fred Antman, Robert Auerbach, Ralf Bachmann, Friedel Bagg, Ronald Barnes, Rudi Barta, Jacqui Becker, Fred Becker and Liesel Becker Sabloff, Peter Julius Benjamin, Marion J. Bergmann, Gert Berliner, Naomi Billauer née Terner and Wolf Terner, Hermann Blaschko, Max Bloch, Leonore Boehm, Dorothea Brander (née Merzbacher), Michael Brenner, Ralph Brill, Brill family archives, Melanie Bruce, Gerd Brunn, Avi Brünn, Annelise B. Bunzel, Renata Chase, Guy Conston, Toni Vera Cordier, Jonathan Davies, Vera de Jong (née Krotoschiner-Radzewski), William Dieneman, Virginia Van Leer Dittrich, Alla Donkhina, Rachel Doron, the Draper family, Hedy M. Dresel, Manfred Eisner, Gabriella Ekberg, Erinnern für die Zukunft e.V., Liselotte Eschenbach, Erika Estis, Evelyn Valery Fielden, John and Alice Fink (née Redlich), Dorothee Fliess, George J. Fogelson, Leonie and Walter Frankenstein, Avi Friedlander, Michal S. Friedlander and Noam Friedlander, Brigitte Friedländer-Rodriguez, David Friedman, the Fürstenberg family, Julian Futter, Rosalie Gehrike, John Gendal, Carol Gill, Eva Gluckman (née Luft), Lea Goldschmidt, Fred Gottlieb, Evelyn Grill-Storck in memory of Prof. Dr. Joachim Wolfgang Storck, Dr. Gitta Guttmann and Dr. Rosa Guttmann, l. Dinah Haller, Wolfgang Haney, Hans Peter Heilmann, Gabriel Heim, Eri Heller, Ulrich Hentschel, Hanne and Ernst Hesse, Kathleen Heymann, Susan Himmelweit, Eva Hirsh, Frank R. Hochfeld and Hanna Renning, Lore Holtz-Gutwillig, Ruth J. Inall, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin, Raúl Jacob, Ilse Jacobson, Rita Jakubowski, Naomi Johnson, Burkhard Jost, Jüdischer Nationalfonds e.V. – Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, Vernon Kahn, descendants of Josef Kamerling, Benno Katz, Hillel Kempler, Werner Kilian, Ilana Kira, Judith Kirschner, Cora M. Klahn, Marion Kroner, Naum Kruk, Hans Samuel and Miriam Kühnberg, Ernst Stefan Kunz, Paul Kuttner, Gabriele (Taubenschlag) Kuvin, Rudi Leavor, Peter-Hannes Lehmann, Ellen Lenk (née Schurgast), Herbert Lenk, Elisheva Lernau (née Elsbeth Kahn), Orna Leshem, Hertha Levy, Erich Leyens, Hanna Liebenthal, Henry Linker in memory of Eva Linker (née Straus), Lions Club Alexanderplatz, Marion Lippmann, Margaret Littman and Susan Wolkowicz in memory of their parents Kurt and Hilde Gabriel (née Salomonis), Günter Loewinski, Gerda Maison, Manfred Rolf K., Ernest J. Mann (formerly Ernst Glücksmann), Mario and Mirjam Marcus, Shimshon S. Marcus, Frances Marks, Albert Mautner, Susan Mayerowitz, Ruth Meltsner, Dirk Meyer, Erich Meyer, Trude Meyer, Georgina I. Meyer Düllmann and Ronaldo Meyer, Marianne Meyerhoff, Gabriele Ascher Michels, Albert W. Miller, Isa Milman and Sepora Mayim Jacobson, Hannelore Mintscheff, Martha Müller, Ruth Nahm, Peter Neuhof, Ruth and Harold Neumann, Beatrice Newman, Peter H. Newman and Dr. Claus G. H. Newman, Rosemarie Obst, Henry A. Oertelt and Kurt Messerschmidt, John F. and Hertha Oppenheimer, Rita Ostrovska, Joelit Pajenson, Monica Peiser, Monica Phillips, Janos and Melanie Plesch – memorial gift from Prof. Dr. Peter H. Plesch, Werner and Jutta Preuss, Projektgruppe Oldenburg, Proskauer Erna, Dr. Heinz J. Pulvermann, Werner Renberg, David M. Repper, Harvey Richeimer, Karen A. Riesenfeld, Carol Roberts, Verna S. Roberts, Walter Roos, the family of Walter Roos, Kurt and Barbara Rosenbaum, Karin and Steve Rosenthal, Rolf Werner Rosenthal, John F. Rothmann, Thomas S. Salinger, Peter Schaul, Irene Alice Scherk, Harald Scheurenberg, Meta Schiowitz, Heinz Schleich, Esther-Eva Schmidt, Werner Schmidt, Astrid Schrön, Paul Anthony Seshold, Marilyn and Jonathan Glago, Diane Shavelson, Henry Shindler, Lothar Sieskind, Carla and Stefan Helmut Simon, Herbert and Elisabeth Simon, Ilona Simon Strimber, Koji Sket, Sari Srulovitch, Irene Starr and Richard Stiefel in memory of their parents and family, Brigitte Meyer Steele, Vojislav Stefanovic, Beatrice Steinberg, Werner Stertzenbach, Ann Stieglitz, Gert and Brigitte Stroetzel, Rivka and Zvi Tenenbaum Collection, in memory of their son, the flutist Yadin Tenenbaum, who fell in 1973 in the Yom Kippur War, Elizabeth C. Thiel (née Rosenbaum), Kurt Treitel, Renate Ursell (née Zander), Ronit Vered, Arnold Victor, Mara Vishniac Kohn, Ralph Wagner, George Warburg, Siegbert J. Weinberger, Erica Weingarten, Herta Weinstein (née Silzer), Judith Weissenberg (née Ucko), Stephanie Wells, Agnes Wergin, Bodo Westphal, Rachel I. Mendelsohn, Ruth Weyl and Dr. Yona F. Gruenfeld, Roselotte Winterfeldt (née Lehmann), the family of Marianne Jacobi Wolff, Jon Wolffsky, Henry M. and Ingrid Wuga, Elke Wulk Voltmer, Elisabeth Wust, Thomas Wüsten, Andre Zanger, Ruth Ziegler, Lilli Gehr Zimet, Ronald Zimet, Klaus M. Zwilsky

Statement of Thanks

The exhibition team would like to thank all of those who support the work of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

ALEH, Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein Berlin gegr. 1874 e. V., Fritz Backhaus, Daniel Barenboim, Yael Barzilai, “The Bayit” - Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Kathrin Becker, Anton Bennis, Dr. Margit Berner, Prof. Dr. W. Michael Blumenthal, Dr. Johanna Brade, Prof. Dr. Michael Brenner, Prof. Dr. Claudia Bruns, Marina Chernivsky, Anna Chernyak, Chmol, Prof. Dr. Detlev Claussen, Prof. Mark R. Cohen, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dan Diner, Prof. Dr. Anja Dauschek, the Demant family, Alexandros Dimoulas, Prof. Yaacob Dweck, Yad Eliezer, Andreas Fiedler, Waltraud Forelli, Richard Franklin, Prof. Errico Fresis, Amanda Friedman Shechter, Jana Fritsche, Prof. Dr. Barbara Hahn, Prof. Dr. Svend Hansen, Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Herzog August Bibliothek, Lotte Higson, Julius Higson, Josh Gershuny, Marc Grellert, Dr. Sibylle Groß, Elaine Heumann Gurian, Prof. Dr. Johannes Heil, Dr. Wolfgang Horn, Rabbin Delphine Horvilleur, ifs international film school cologne, interview subjects for the installation "Mesubin," Prof. Dr. Uffa Jensen, Tobias Katz, Dr. Gabriele Kaiser, Prof. Anthony Kauders, Monika Kerkmann, Anselm Kiefer, Dr. Michael Kiefer, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Dr. Thomas Klähne, Dr. Brian Klug, Claudia Koby, Meryem Kocabas, Kolel Chibas Yerushalayim, Barrie Kosky, Kuno Kruse, Andreas Krüger, Dr. Thomas Lackmann, Lev Lalev Charity Fund, Cooper Lake, Dr. Elad Lapidot, LATET, Hanno Loewy, Magen David Adom, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies, Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Prof. Daniel Miller, Chasdei Naomi, Prof. Jascha Nemtsov, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Angelika Neuwirth, Dr. Everardus Overgaauw, Meir Panim, Pantry Packers – Colel Chabad, Dr. Sebastian Panwitz, Christian Porzelt, Prof. Dr. Till van Rahden, Mathias Reese, Prof. Elchanan Reiner, Dr. Sebastian Ristow, Udo Samel, Christoph Sattler, Elena Savenkova, Manfred Schmaus, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Franziska Schurr, Dr. Josef Schuster, Claudia Schleyer, Rabbiner Tobias Jona Simon, Rabbi Joshua Spinner, Renata Stein, Michael P. Steinberg, Shlomit Steinberg, Martin Steiner, Prof. Dr. Christoph Stölzl, Martin Sutter, Dr. Amir Theilhaber, Dr. Christiane Twiehaus, United Soup Kitchens in Israel, Dr. Klaus Voigt, Elisabeth Weber, Michael Werner, Jürgen Willinghöfer

Exhibition Information at a Glance

  • When

    starting 23 August

  • Entry fee

    With a time-slot ticket from the ticket shop

  • Where

    Libeskind Building
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
    See Location on Map

With funding provided by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a resolution by the German Bundestag.
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (Logo)

With the support of the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin in the U.S.

Partner

Logos ofRadioeins, Yorck Kinogruppe, tip Berlin, Dussmann das Kulturkaufhaus, and Tagesspiegel

Core Exhibition: 13 Objects – 13 Stories (13)

13 Objects – 13 Stories

A Torah shield, a sculpture, a cushion: 13 unusual objects tell 13 stories of Jewish life. One of the tours of the JMB app leads right through the exhibition to eye-catchers of all kinds, some small, some big. What would a museum be without its many objects, each rich in meaning? You can get a sneak peek of the objects here on our website.

L’amitié au coeur (Friendship of the Heart)

by Étienne-Maurice Falconet (1716–1791), Paris, 1765, marble

Finds from the Memmels­dorf Genizah

Memmelsdorf (find site), ca. 1725–1830, paper, ink, fabric, leather, porcelain

Torah Shield

donated by Isaak Jakob Gans (1723–1798), Hamburg, 1760–1765, silver

Shevirat ha-Kelim (Breaking of the Vessels)

Anselm Kiefer, 1990–2019, lead, iron, glass, copper wire, charcoal, Aquatec

Manheimer Family Portrait

by Julius Moser (1805–1879), Berlin, 1850, oil on canvas

Puppet Show

King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Käte Baer-Freyer (1885–1988), Berlin, ca. 1924, plywood, metals

Decorated Cushion

“ISRAELI, JEW, and now SEVERELY DISABLED ...,” Daniel Josefsohn (1961–2016), Berlin, 2014/15, textile

Silver Formerly Owned by Jews

Provenance: up to 1939 unknown Jewish owners, 1939 Hamburg Tax Authority

Going-away Present

Bruno Heidenheim, Album to bid farewell to Margot (1913–2010) and Ernst (1898–1971) Rosenthal, Chemnitz, 1936

Hand Washbasin

Manufacturer: S. & D. Loewenthal, Frankfurt am Main, 1895/96, silver

No Longer in the Country

Unclaimed membership cards for the Jewish community Frankfurt am Main, 1949

Composition

by Otto Freundlich (1878–1943), 1938, tempera on cardboard

Yellow Star

of the Lehmann family, Berlin, 1941–1945