Collage in gray-blue on an orange background with a blue zigzag line: the head of a man in a diving bell, his hand holding a hose, next to it a manometer.

“My Verses Are Like Dynamite” Curt Bloch’s Under­water Cabaret

A Curator Tour for FRIENDS OF THE JMB

Curt Bloch fled Germany for the Nether­lands in 1933. While hiding in Enschede and Borne from August 1943 to April 1945, a period of more than 19 months, he created a unique work of creative resis­tance: “Het Onder­water Cabaret.”

Past event

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

Where

Old Building, ground level, “Meeting Point” in the foyer
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

The work is now being presented to the public for the first time: An exhibition in the Eric F. Ross Gallery of the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB) is showing all 95 original editions of the collection of booklets, as well as other writings penned while in hiding. We dive into Bloch’s work in this curator tour featuring the JMB’s archive director Aubrey Pomerance and co-curator Ulrike Kuschel.

Collage in gray-blue on an orange background with a blue zigzag line: the head of a man in a diving bell, his hand holding a hose, next to it a manometer.

Exhibition “My Verses are Like Dynamite” Curt Bloch’s Het Onderwater Cabaret: Features & Programs

Exhibition Webpage
“My Verses are Like Dynamite” Curt Bloch’s Het Onderwater Cabaret: 9 Feb to 26 May 2024
Accompanying Events
Tour of the Exhibition “My Verses are Like Dynamite” Curt Bloch’s Het Onderwater Cabaret: Dates by arrangement (from 9 Feb to 26 May 2024)
Exhibition Opening: 8 Feb 2024
Current page: Curator Tour for FRIENDS OF THE JMB: 8 Apr 2024, in German
Joodse Vluchtelingen: The Fate of German-Jewish Émigrés in the Netherlands: 3 Mar 2024, in German
Archival Objects of German Jews in the Netherlands: Show & tell for FRIENDS OF THE JMB, 7 Mar 2024, in German
Het Onderwater Cabaret Live. An evening of music and poetry: 11 Apr 2024, in German
Hidden in Enschede: Conversation with Contemporary Witness Herbert Zwartz: 16 Apr 2024, in German
Publications
JMB Journal 26: Het Onderwater Cabaret: Special edition on the occasion of the exhibition
Digital Content
OWC Online Feature: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of the Exhibition
Life and Work of Curt Bloch: Essay with biographical insights, JMB Journal 26
On the Piano of My Fantasy – Video with Marina Frenk, Richard Gonlag, and Mathias Schäfer, in German, Dutch and German Sign Language
“It’s Complicated”: A text by Simone Bloch, daughter of Curt Bloch
“Ik neurie mee ’t propellerlied…”: Essay on Het Onderwater-Cabaret: A Testament to Political Resistance in the Occupied Netherlands, 1943–45
Clandestine Literature in the Netherlands 1940–1945: Essay, JMB Journal 26
All Audio Pieces of the Exhibition with Transcriptions and Translations
All issues of Het Onderwarter-Cabaret: All 95 issues to browse
See also
Survivors in Hiding (National Socialism)
To the Web Project www.curt-bloch.com

Where, when, what?

  • WhenMon 8 Apr 2024, 4:30 pm
  • Where Old Building, ground level, “Meeting Point” in the foyer
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    free

  • Number of participantsmax. 20 People

    Meeting point4:15 pm, Meeting Point (Foyer JMB)

    Language German

    Contact & Registration P +49 (0)30 25 993 436
    freunde@jmberlin.de

    Please notePlease register by 5 Apr

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