The first Jewish Museum in Berlin was opened on 24 January 1933. It displayed not only religious art, but also sought to take
“all cultural manifestations of Judiasm” into account, as the first director of the museum, Karl Schwarz, emphasized in the foreword to this illustrated guidebook.
The guide provides a detailed insight into the exhibtion:
The entry hall was dominated by two large-format paintings: Jeremiah by Lesser Ury and The Prophet by Jakob Steinhardt. The following rooms presented further works of contemporary art and a portrait gallery of important Jewish men and women.
Objects of religious use were spread over three rooms. A further room has been dedicated to archaeological discoveries from Palestine and explains the development of the Hebrew alphabet. A hallway which has been designed for temporary graphic art exhibitions showed images related to Jewish communities. The final rooms of the exhibition displayed parochets (Torah curtains) and other objects from synagogues.
Digitized Books About the First Jewish Museum
- Führer durch das Jüdische Museum (A Guide Through the Jewish Museum) (1933)
- Report on the founding meeting of the Jewish Museum Club Berlin (1929)
- Max Liebermann Memorial Exhibition Catalog (1936)
- Exhibition Catalog Unsere Ahnen (Our Ancestors) (1936)
- One Hundred Years of Jewish Art from Berlin Owners (1937)
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Digitized Books: Read Our Books Online (4)
Read Our Books Online
We've digitized rare and valuable books and made them available online for you to read and enjoy. A complete list of our digitized books can be found in the online catalog (in German).
A Guide Through the Jewish Museum
from the collection of the Jewish Community of Berlin
by Uriel Birnbaum
Thyrsos-Verlag, Berlin/Vienna 1924
The best stories, games, and riddles from the Children's Pages of the C.V.-Zeitung
Philo Verlag und Buchhandlung G.m.b.H., Berlin 1936
Synagoga. Cult objects and works of art
Catalog of the exhibition