The Interactive Map About Jewish Life in Germany
In recent years, the study of local and regional Jewish history in Germany has made significant advances. The results are available in a wide range of websites and archives, but are often hard to locate or only viewable in person.
The new Jewish Places website aims to consolidate research on Jewish life in Germany on one interactive map with appealing visualizations. This gives interested users of all ages an opportunity to learn visually about the connections between Jewish life and local history and to explore them from anywhere.
Jewish Places encourages users to contribute their own information. They can upload or input text, images, or videos of synagogues, associations, and many other Jewish institutions and reach a broad audience.
Biographies and walking tours developed by experts use the power of storytelling to give novices an entry point into local Jewish history. The mobile version allows you to explore for yourself and guides you in person to actual venues of Jewish life.
Jewish Places was conceived as a collaborative project. All collaborators are pursuing the common goal of illustrating the complexity and diversity of Jewish life in Germany using a variety of content on the map. This raises the visibility of educational institutions for local history and initiatives of Jewish life. Jewish Places is designed to fit the needs of local institutions and be used by regional projects in their educational activities.
Schools and universities have access to freely available workshop instructions for Jewish Places, bringing Jewish history to life digitally and in person. The interdisciplinary approach helps students from the elementary school to university level draw social, historical, and spatial connections.
With the support of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, a prototype was developed in the funding period from March 2015 to May 2016. The website was launched on the 13th of September 2018.
It was developed with the support of the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin in the U.S., the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb), the F.C. Flick Foundation against Xenophobia, Racism, and Intolerance, and Sam Gronner & Tamar Kallman (with a focus on Ilmenau/Thuringia).