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Manheimer Family Portrait

Unusual Objects from Our Core Exhibition Tell Stories of Jewish Life

Painting depicting a family in the living room; the brightly dressed, dancing children are the centre of the scene

Manheimer family portrait, by Julius Moser (1805–1879), Berlin, 1850, oil on canvas; Jewish Museum Berlin, accession GEM 96/5/0, gift of Hermann and Mary Blaschko, photo: Jens Ziehe

Family, education, and carefree sociability: The siblings Hulda, Martin, and the younger Clara are dancing through the parlor; Babette accompanies them musically. Anna, the baby in the family, is standing on the sofa and watching them with delight. Therese, the mother, is taking care that she doesn’t fall. The oldest son, Carl, is sitting at the table and eternalizing the scene with his pencil.

The father, Moritz, is standing in the background and to his right is the painter himself, Julius Moser. The family is extended by a picture within a picture: a portrait of the grandmother, which can also be seen in the exhibition. The group portrait shows the Manheimer family as a typical bourgeois family in the Biedermeier period. There is nothing indicating that they were Jewish.

Further information about this painting can be found in our online collections (in German).

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


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

Yellow Star

of the Lehmann family, Berlin, 1941–1945