“Show us your story!” Beginning last year, the Jewish participants in the Object Days project have followed this invitation by recounting their migration stories to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The objects they took with them to Germany – photographs, letters, ceremonial items, dishes, clothing, etc. – illustrate their very personal stories and connections to Judaism.
Object Days have been held in Dresden, Regensburg, Kassel, Düsseldorf, and Berlin, and so far more than 70 individuals have participated. They range in age from their twenties to their late nineties. As a result of the conversations in familiar settings, the participants have contributed to, and been integrated into, the documentation of the recent past. As experts on their own histories, they have not only shared their migration narratives, but also illustrated those narratives’ complexity.
In recent years, many museums have begun addressing the topic of migration. The Jewish Museum Berlin intends to acquire more objects related to migration because it has been a constitutive element of the Jewish community in Germany since 1945.
Meet the participants and read about their stories! Some of the objects presented here will be shown at our new permanent exhibition, scheduled to open in autumn of 2019.
This article was first published in 2018 in issue 18 of the print edition of the JMB Journal.
Alina Gromova, Tamar Lewinsky, Theresia Ziehe (2018), Object Days. Memorabilia and Migration Stories – Portraits of Jews Living in Germany.
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