Jewish Immigrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s
Berlin Transit: Jewish Immigrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s
In six themed rooms and an epilogue, the exhibition examined the arrival and onward migration of Jewish émigrés and refugees from eastern Europe between the world wars. Rather than proceeding along a chronological narrative, the themed rooms were grouped by categories of objects and artifacts: photographs, books, audio, family memorabilia, and film. One of the rooms brought to life the diversity of this "Babylon in Berlin" for visitors with an assortment of recordings of literary and autobiographical writings in Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and German.
Themed Rooms of the Exhibition
The exhibition website is also available (in German). There you can find certain Berlin addresses that represent the diverse environment of the Eastern European Jews living in Berlin during the Weimar Republic: home addresses of families, well-known meeting spots, immigrant publishing companies, synagogues, and prayer rooms, but also other facilities for the Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. These historical places are juxtaposed with photos from 2012 – with this basis, those who are interested can also search for traces throughout Berlin independently.
This exhibition was developed in cooperation with the research project Charlottengrad und Scheunenviertel. Osteuropäisch-jüdische Migranten im Berlin der 1920/30er Jahre at the Institute for East European Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Exhibition Information at a Glance
23 March to 15 July 2012
Old Building, level 1
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin See Location on Map