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The Jewish Kulturbund (Cultural Association) – A Lifeline in Dark Times

A Musical-literary Evening

Eighty years ago, on September 11, 1941, the Gestapo ordered the Jewish Kulturbund (Cultural Association) in Germany to disband. It had been founded in the summer of 1933 on the initiative of Kurt Singer, a musicologist, physician, and former opera director, and theater director Kurt Baumann, in order to secure a livelihood for Jewish artists after they were dismissed from all public cultural institutions. The Kulturbund’s repertoire included theater and opera performances, concerts, vaudeville events, lectures, exhibitions, and cinema screenings. The program was strictly monitored by the regime and was intended only for Jews.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

In a musical-literary evening, renowned artists will present selected pieces from the large repertoire of the Kulturbund: excerpts from Lessingʼs play Nathan the Wise and Bat-Doriʼs The Trial; compositions by Franz Schubert, Ernest Bloch, Modest Mussorgsky and Max Kowalski; Yiddish songs; poetry by Arthur Silbergleit, Manfred Sturmann, Nelly Sachs, Anna Joachimsthal-Schwabe, and Gertrud Kolmar; and scenes and songs from these comedies and revues: Arm wie eine Kirchenmaus (Poor as a Church Mouse), Warum lügst Du, Cherie? (Why are you lying, Cherie?), and Bitte einsteigen (All Aboard!).


Alvaro Parra (violin), Jörg Pose (speaker), Jalda Rebling (vocals), Alma Sadé (vocals), Paula Sell (accordion), Roger Tréfousse (piano), Renate Weyl (speaker)

In collaboration with the Academy of Arts, Berlin, and the Institute of Theater Studies at the Free University, Berlin

Where, when, what?

  • When Sun 12 Sep 2021, 7 pm
  • Where Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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  • Entry fee

    Free of charge
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  • Corona rules All guests to live events are required to follow the current hygiene regulations of the Jewish Museum Berlin.
    In addition, guests will be required to present a negative Corona test no older than 24 hours, or proof of full immunization.
    For the protection of both you and other guests, all participants are required to wear a mask covering both mouth and nose at any time when you are not in your assigned seats.

    Livestream The event will be streamed live. You can find the livestream on this page and on our YouTube channel.

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