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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.

Female statue with traces of rust, missing the head

L’amitié au coeur (Friendship of the Heart) by Étienne-Maurice Falconet (1716–1791), Paris, 1765, marble
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Various crumpled documents with Hebrew letters, a shoe and a bag

Finds from the Memmels­dorf Genizah, Memmelsdorf (find site), ca. 1725–1830, paper, ink, fabric, leather, porcelain
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Silver Torah shield with gilded columns and lions holding law tablets

Torah shield donated by Isaak Jakob Gans (1723–1798), Hamburg, 1760–1765, silver
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Sculpture of a library made of lead with inserted glass fragments

Shevirat ha-Kelim (Breaking of the Vessels) by Anselm Kiefer (born 1945), 1990–2019, lead, iron, glass, copper wire, charcoal, Aquatec
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Oil painting with a family scene

Manheimer family portrait, by Julius Moser (1805–1879), Berlin, 1850, oil on canvas
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Puppet with a crown and moving parts, which are connected with rivets

Puppet Show King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Käte Baer-Freyer (1885–1988), Berlin, ca. 1924, plywood, metals
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White pillow with blue script

“ISRAELI, JEW, and now SEVERELY DISABLED—there’s got to be a way to capitalize on that in GERMANY,” Daniel Josefsohn (1961–2016), Berlin, 2014/15, textile
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Glass showcase full of tableware, cutlery and other silver objects

Silver formerly owned by Jews, provenance: up to 1939 unknown Jewish owners, 1939 Hamburg Tax Authority, 1960 allotted to the Hamburg Museum of Arts and Crafts (MKG) by the City of Hamburg
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Opened album with pictures of the Chicago skyline, a skyscraper, a painting, and handwritten text

Going-away present by Bruno Heidenheim, Album to bid farewell to Margot (1913–2010) and Ernst (1898–1971) Rosenthal, Chemnitz
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Silver washbasin with flowers and ornaments, in the middle a Hebrew inscription

Hand washbasin, manufacturer: S. & D. Loewenthal, Frankfurt am Main, 1895/96, silver
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Membership card with a heart-formed photo

No longer in the country: unclaimed membership cards for the Jewish community Frankfurt am Main, 1949
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Abstract painting in blue, black and yellow tones

Composition, Otto Freundlich (1878–1943), 1938, tempera on cardboard
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Yellow star with the word Jude (Jew) on it

Yellow star of the Lehmann family, Berlin, 1941–1945
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