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Behind the Scenes: Anecdotes and Exciting Finds while Working with our Collections (11)

Anecdotes and Exciting Finds while Working with our Collections

Employees of our archive and our collections provide insight into their work and share stories and insights.

Etikett auf einem Tagebuch

Berlin in Times of Cholera

Doreen Tesche and Jörg Waßmer discover some parallels to the current corona pandemic in Louis Röhmann’s diary entries about cholera in Berlin in 1837.

That can’t be! Can it?

Jörg Waßmer about coincidences in the archive

“Since that day, Iʼve felt like a newborn”

A striking document about the 1945 Day of Liberation

“The best solution would be that the baby is a girl”

Jörg Waßmer prepared the inventory of Fritz Wachsner’s estate and got some insights into an internal Jewish debate about circumcision.

Conservation of Letters and Seals

Stephan Lohrengel reports about his work as paper conservator in the Jewish Museum Berlin.

The World in Miniature

Kirsten Meyer on conserving and storing a stamp album

Farewell Letter, Ink on Paper

Exhibition curator Maren Krüger and paper conservator Stephan Lohrengel about a touching historical document and why we could only exhibit it so shortly

Black and white photography of teenage girls and boys joyfully leaning out of the window of a train

Photo­graphic Testimony

Theresia Ziehe, curator for photography, on the history of the Herbert Sonnenfeld collection

self written marriage contract, signed with a kiss mark of red lipstick

All for Love

Jörg Waßmer searches for sexual diversity in the collection of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Cover of a Hebrew-German edition of the Haggadah with handwritten entries on the inside flaps

A Small Window onto History

Aubrey Pomerance, Head of Archives, on a newly acquired Passover Haggadah and its previous owners in Kreuzberg

Portrait of a woman holding laces in front of her face

Salvaged from the Trash

Anna Rosemann on the photo albums of the artist Olga Irén Fröhlich

Behind the Scenes: Entries on the Exhibition “Snip it! Stances on Circumcision” (9)

Entries on the Exhibition “Snip it! Stances on Circumcision”

Interviews and stories by our employees, which were published as part of the exhibition Snip it! Stances on Circumcision, you can now read here on our website.

After the Exhibition is Before the Exhibition

Martina Lüdicke on the decision to dedicate a separate exhibition to questions of circumcision raised in the exhibition The Whole Truth

On Belonging and Family Debates

A conversation about a circumcision that didn’t happen

“I didn’t want to ‘get lost’”

Alice Lanzke talked with Rabbi Goldberg about the complaint that he was liable for “dangerous personal injury” due to the circumcisions he performed.

“It was only later that I had my doubts”

Mirjam Wenzel talked with Naomi about her thoughts on ritual circumcision, then and now.

David’s Circumcision

Shlomit Tulgan, who knows David from childhood, tells us the story of his circumcision.

On the Hamster Wheel of Argumentation

Andy Simanowitz, guide in the exhibition Snip it!, reports on stubborn questions and spirals of argumentation.

“Part of something greater”

Alice Lanzke spoke with Amitay and Meital from Israel about the circumcision of their son.

A Circumcision to Keep the (Family) Peace

Alice Lanzke spoke with a Muslim mother about the question: should her four-year-old son be circumcised?

“The best solution would be that the baby is a girl”

Jörg Waßmer prepared the inventory of Fritz Wachsner’s estate and got some insights into an internal Jewish debate about circumcision.

Holidays: Old Rituals, New Customs (19)

Old Rituals, New Customs

Museum employees talk about traditions on Jewish holidays.

Across Mannheim in the Matzo-Mobile

David Studniberg about the great feeling to support others during the corona crisis

Report
Apr 2020

The Big Clean-Up

Dana Akrish on Passover in Jerusalem

Essay
Mar 2018

A yellow clay plate with traditional Passover herbs

A Kind of Family Gathering

Bitter Herbs and Their Relatives in the Diaspora Garden

Essay
2017

Cover of a Hebrew-German edition of the Haggadah with handwritten entries on the inside flaps

A Small Window onto History

Aubrey Pomerance, Head of Archives, on a newly acquired Passover Haggadah and its previous owners in Kreuzberg

Behind the Scenes
2014/2016

“Go down Moses” and an Orange on the Seder Plate

Cilly Kugelmann on old and new customs for Passover

Essay
2013

The Long Night of Tikkun

Mirjam Wenzel and Avner Ofrath about what we can learn from loving women

Essay
May 2013

New Customs for the New Year

Shlomit Tripp about tashlikh boats and petals on the water

Essay
2012

Picture of scholars with books discussing with each other

Kol Nidre and the “Civil Improvement of the Jews”

Haim Mahlev on controversies throughout the ages

Essay
2015

Apples in Honey and Gefilte Fish

Museum employees share their personal experiences of the High Holidays

Interview
2013

Cycling Holiday

Avner Ofrath on Yom Kippur in Israel

Gloss
2012

Jewish Halloween

Naomi Lubrich on candy as a tricky matter for synagogues on Simhat Torah

Gloss
2012

Hand-painted colorful candelabrum made of ceramic and synthetic resin depicting various New York City landmarks: the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the World Trade Center, Broadway, and others.

Hanukkah Lasts Eight Days...

and for each day, we’ve got a little treat for you here (including some information about Chrismukkah)

Online Feature
2017/20

“8 Facts” about Hanukkah

David Studniberg on the Jewish Feast of Dedication

Essay
2016

“If I were a rich mouse ...”

Michal Friedlander on Mickey, Minnie and their Hanukkah message

Essay
2015

In the Sleeping Car with Ten Hand-puppets and a Travel Hanukkah Candelabrum

Shlomit Tripp on her Hanukkah with the bubales family

Essay
2015

Menurkeys for Thanksgivukkah?

Food for thought and recipes by Signe Rossbach

Essay
2013

Tu bi-Shevat Traditions in Israel

Avner Ofrath on trees, fruit, and a breath of New Age

Essay
2013

“Clever Esther” – Not Suitable for Children?!

Shlomit Tripp reports about her child-oriented retelling of the Esther story

Essay
2015

Quite “best practice”

Tom Chai Sosnik celebrated his coming out as transgender in spring 2015 with remarkable aplomb – in a ceremony performed by Rabbi Tsipi Gabai at a Jewish school in California, supported by his family.

Essay
2017

Behind the Scenes: Entries on the Exhibition “Welcome to Jerusalem” (9)

Entries on the Exhibition “Welcome to Jerusalem”

Our exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem was on display from 11 December 2017 to 1 May 2019. To accompany the exhibition, we conducted interviews with our guides and curators, and spoke with visitors. All blog entries about the exhibition can now be found here.

Intense Encounters in “Jerusalem”

How school children react to the tour through the exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem. A conversation with Marc Wrasse

Jerusalem for All the Senses

A tour for the blind and vision impaired through the exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem at the Jewish Museum Berlin. A piece by Gerald Pirner.

Detail of a postcard on which is written "Make hummus not war"

“Whatever you want to see – you come to Jerusalem, and you can find it there.”

Florian Schmelling has captured comments from visitors to our Jerusalem Exhibition.

Two guides and visitors during a tour

How about more tolerance for ambiguity?

Mohamed Ibrahim and Shemi Shabat talk about their tandem guided tour Jerusalem in Dialogue

“We’re no longer guests, we belong.”

Elena Bashkirova, director of the chamber music “festival intonations,” took a tour of the exhibition then spoke with us about the “holy city.”

Neither King David nor Cilly Kugelmann can solve this problem

About the difficulties the organizers of the Welcome to Jerusalem exhibition encountered doing justice to the ideal of justice, writes Walid Abd El Gawad

The Big Clean-Up

Dana Akrish writes about passover in Jerusalem

Essay
Mar 2018

“Jerusalem is like a former boyfriend”

Interview with filmmaker Dalia Castel and actress Orit Nahmias about Jerusalem. They both grew up there

Schools in Hannover, a Jerusalem Hotel, and the Search for their Connection

Rosa Fava writes about a conference on anti-Semitism-critical adult education

Interview Series: New German Stories (12)