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Walter Homolka

Interview and Photo with the Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES Exhibition Catalog

A man in a suit holds an open book into the camera, in the book is a portrait of him

Rabbi Walter Homolka with his portrait in the ZERHEILT catalog, 2021; photo: Tobias Barniske

My name is Rabbi Walter Homolka. I’m a Professor of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam and Rector of the Abraham Geiger Kolleg.

Where did the idea for your portrait’s staging and setting come from?

The photo is a snapshot taken late at night at the Rudolfina Redoute ball in Vienna, where Frédéric and I were both guests. The midnight quadrille had just ended and everyone was flushed from dancing.

How do you experience Jewish life in Berlin?

Berlin has always been a place of colorful Jewish diversity. That has further intensified since 1989. New institutions have arrived, including three rabbinical seminaries: the Abraham Geiger Kolleg, the Zacharias Frankel College, and the Hildesheimer Seminar.

Describe your life in Berlin in three adjectives.

Exciting. Cosmopolitan. Dynamic.

What would your wish be for the future of Jewish life in Berlin?

May Berlin once again become a spiritual center and an intellectual landmark for Jews around the world, showing ways to shape Judaism to be “modern out of tradition.”

A man with vest, jacket, pocket square and glasses sits leaning next to a window, in the foreground his ringed hand

From the photographic essay ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES by Frédéric Brenner; Jewish Museum Berlin, purchased with the support of the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Citation recommendation:

Jewish Museum Berlin (2021), Walter Homolka. Interview and Photo with the Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES Exhibition Catalog.

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