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We film select events, such as conferences, panel discussions, book presentations, and our lecture series.

  • Photo of a man with dark hair, glasses, suit and tie, looking friendly into the camera, around it a purple frame and the green inscription: Lecture Series.

    Approaching the “Orient” through pictures – the Life and Work of Jewish photographer Hermann Burchardt.

    Part of the lecture series The Imagined Orient (Part 2, in German)

    Lecture/Discussion
    Wed 8 Nov 2023, 7 pm

  • Photo of a woman with short blond hair, black glasses and a blue sweater smiling at the camera, around it a purple frame and the green inscription: Lecture Series.

    “Orient” – A Magic Word? On the German-Jewish History of a Term

    Lecture by Kathrin Wittler, Part 1 of the lecture series “The Imagined Orient” (in German)

    Lecture/Discussion
    Mon 9 Oct 2023, 7 pm

  • ek Penslar: Theodor Herzl. Statesman without State. A Biography. Wallstein.

    Theodor Herzl. Statesman Without a State

    Lecture and Discussion with Derek Penslar on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Israel

    Reading/Discussion
    Wed 31 May 2023, 7 pm (video recording available, in German)

  • Graphic: Ukraine outline as berry color area, background blue, white lettering Lwiw in English and Ukrainian.

    Lviv

    Jewish Perspectives on Ukraine, Present and Past with Philippe Sands, Sofia Dyak and Marina Chernivsky

    Ukraine in Context
    Mon 8 May 2023, 7 pm (video recording available)

  • Two portrait photos side by side: a short-haired middle-aged man in shirt and blue sweater and a man with gray beard and glasses in brown jacket

    Vanishing Points of Memory. On the Holocaust and Colonialism in the Present Day

    A conversation with Natan Sznaider and René Aguigah

    Discussion
    Tue 31 Jan 2023, 7 pm (video recording available, in German)

  • Collage of a portrait of an old man with a mustache (Leon Weintraub) and the cover of a book titled The Reconciliation with Evil.

    Reconciliation with Evil: Story of a Survival

    Book Presentation with Leon Weintraub, in German

    Reading/Discussion
    27 Oct 2022

  • A man who writes and a man who reads sit next to each other

    Albert Einstein, Hans Kaufmann and Zionism

    An unknown letter

    Symposium
    12 Sep 2022

  • Color graphic with leaves and birds.

    Read the Signs

    An evening to mark the 70th anniversary of the Night of Murdered Poets, in Yiddish and German

    Reading/Discussion
    14 Aug 2022

  • red writing on white background, logo of the Summer University for Yiddish

    Symposium on the 70th Anniversary of the Night of Murdered Poets

    Part of the Summer Program for Yiddish Language and Literature, in Yiddish, English and German

    Symposium
    14 Aug 2022

  • Red bordered portrait of Moses Mendelssohn looking directly at the viewer

    Mendelssohn Discourses: Media Revolution – Publicity, Celebrity, A Flood of Images

    Caspar Battegay and Shmuel Feiner talk with curator Inka Bertz and Frederek Musall.

    Panel Discussion
    5 Jul 2022

  • Red bordered portrait of Moses Mendelssohn looking directly at the viewer

    Mendelssohn Discourses: Enlightenment – Fake News, Sentimentality, Reason

    Philosophers Carolin Emcke and Hannah Peaceman in conversation with Frederek Musall and the curators Inka Bertz and Thomas Lackmann, in German

    Panel Discussion
    4 May 2022

  • Red and blue German language book cover titled Emancipation and Law: On the History of Jurisprudence and Jewish Equality, edited by Till van Rahden and Michael Stolleis

    Emancipation and Law

    On the history of jurisprudence and Jewish equal rights – book launch and panel discussion, in German

    Reading/Discussion
    26 Apr 2022

  • Portrait Karl Neuhof

    “Ich kämpfe gegen alles, was mich nieder­drücken will“ (I Fight Against Everything that Tries to Oppress Me)

    The diary of Jewish communist resistance fighter Karl Neuhof and correspondence with his family, in German

    Reading/Discussion
    11 Apr 2022

  • Portrait Rafael Seligmann

    Rafi, Judenbub. Die Rückkehr der Seligmanns nach Deutschland

    Book presentation and discussion with Rafael Seligmann, publicist, political scientist and historian, and Hetty Berg, director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, in German

    Reading/Discussion
    24 Mar 2022

  • Photo of Frédéric Brenner in half profile, sitting, wearing a yellow shirt

    Staging Jewishness

    Artist talk with the photographer Frédéric Brenner

    Artist Talk
    2 Mar 2022

  • Portrait Yoed Sorek

    “The Lonely Living Stars”

    Concert for the Memorial Day of the Victims of National Socialism, in German

    Concert
    27 Jan 2022

  • An accordion player and a singer make music on stage

    Shtetl Berlin All-Star Concert

    Hanukkah 2021: Candle lighting with Yiddish songs, instrumental music and dance

    Concert
    2 Dec 2021

  • Books

    Iber der grenets / Crossing the Border: Yiddish Literature and Culture Today

    Presentation of an extensive collection of Yiddish short stories, in German and Yiddish

    Reading/Discussion
    20 Nov 2021

  • Portrait of the author David Baddiel.

    Jews Don’t Count?

    Book launch and talk with the author David Baddiel, Sascha Chaimowicz, Marina Chernivsky and Daniel Donskoy, moderated by Jo Frank

    Reading/Discussion
    26 Oct 2021

  • Portrait photos of the two lecturers Prof. Marschkies and Prof. Krochmalnik

    Is anyone still waiting for the Messiah? – Jewish and Christian Views

    With Prof. Christoph Markschies (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Daniel Krochmalnik (University of Potsdam), in German


    24 Aug 2021

  • Film still of a video conference. It shows as split screen four people, each sitting in front of a black and white background consisting of the lettering “Abracadabra” in Latin and Hebrew letters arranged in concentric circles.

    Yael Bartana – Redemption Now

    Digital opening event with Yael Bartana, Hetty Berg, Shelley Harten and Gregor Lersch
    Language: mainly in English, with brief sections in German

    Exhibition Opening
    3 Jun 2021

  • Logo of the Dagesh Art Prize'.

    The 2nd DAGESH Art Award goes to Talya Feldman

    & Opening of the Installation The Violence We Have Witnessed Carries a Weight on Our Hearts
    Language: English and German

    Exhibition Opening
    20 May 2021

  • Portrait of Daniel Libeskind in the axes of the new building of the Jewish Museum.

    In Celebration of Daniel Libeskind’s 75th birthday

    with Daniel Libeskind, JMB Director Hetty Berg, and film director Axel Fuhrmann, moderated by Sonja Marx of Saarland Broadcasting

    Discussion
    4 May 2021

  • An accordion player and a singer make music on stage

    Shtetl Berlin All-Star Concert

    Hanukkah 2020: Candle lighting with Yiddish songs, instrumental music and dance

    Concert
    12 Dec 2020

  • Logo Shared History Project

    Shared History

    Virtual Conference on 1,700 years of Jewish life in German-speaking lands, in German

    Conference
    7–9 Dec 2020

  • A girl has a digital camera in her hand, an older woman puts her head on her shoulder.

    Conversation with the Artist Wendy Ewald

    With Wendy Ewald and Gregor H. Lersch as part of the exhibition This Place

    Artist Talk
    5 Mar 2020

  • Black and white photograph of a couple with a bouquet of flowers and a veil, a yellow badge on his jacket.

    The Last Veit Simons from Berlin

    One of Berlin’s oldest Jewish families in a transnational story of class, gender, and sexuality
    With: Anna Hájková and Maria von der Heydt
    Language: German, no subtitles

    Reading/Discussion
    11 Dec 2019

  • A machine with many cables.

    Conversation with the Artist Thomas Struth

    With Thomas Struth (photographer) and Theresia Ziehe (curator of photography), related to the exhibition This Place, in German

    Artist Talk
    5 Dec 2019

  • Blue and white tea bowl, inside with gold rim

    About a Tea Bowl

    Discussion with brief presentations about interwoven experiences of post-Soviet Jewish migration, in German

    Lecture/Discussion
    27 Nov 2019

  • People touch a large touchscreen wall that displays documents and objects

    The Family Album

    Peter Schaul recounts the life of his mother, Dora Schaul, whose estate is part of the interactive installation The Family Album
    Language: German, no subtitles

    Lecture/Discussion
    9 Nov 2020

  • Portrait Ruth Wodak.

    Ruth Wodak: Swing to the right?!

    Ruth Wodak traces how a new “normality to the right” is establishing itself in many European countries, in German

    Lecture/Discussion
    17 October 2019

  • Woman in black dress sits on a sofa.

    I'm Writing You From Berlin. An Evening with the Lasker-Wallfisch Family

    Anita Lasker Wallfisch and Raphael Wallfisch join Maya Lasker-Wallfisch in an evening of music and conversation

    Reading/Discussion
    7 Feb 2023

  • Portrait of Zvi Aviram.

    Zvi Aviram: Brushes with Death

    Zvi Aviram was born in January 1927 in Berlin as Heinz Abrahamsohn. From age 14, he had to perform forced labor in the arms industry. During the so-called factory operation on 27 February 1943, his parents were arrested and deported and he himself went into illegality, in German


    16 Sep 2019

  • Book cover of

    Karl M. von der Heyden: From Berlin to New York

    In his book Karl M. von der Heyden describes his experiences as a child and youth in war-torn Germany and his journey to the USA, where he rose to the boardrooms of Pepsi and Dreamworks, in German

    Reading/Discussion
    29 Aug 2019

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    A Rebbe for the World

    On the 20th Yahrzeit of Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Introductions by Cilly Kugelmann and Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal and lecture by Joseph Telushkin, in German and English

    Reading/Discussion
    1 Jul 2014

  • Portrait of a man.

    “To Know One Religion Is to Know None”

    W. Michael Blumenthal Fellow Walid Abdelgawad talks about reflections on Islam and Judaism in the writings of German-speaking Jewish orientalists between 1833 and 1955, in German

    Lecture/Discussion
    28 Aug 2019

  • Photography: Portrait of an elderly man

    Sally Perel: Hitlerjunge Salomon

    Sally Perel was born in Peine in April 1925. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union he pretended to be a Volksdeutscher and called himself Josef Perjell, in German

    Eyewitness Talks
    12 Jun 2019

  • Photography of a totem pole in a foggy landscape with lake

    Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

    with the curators Jisgang Nika Collision (Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Nation & Canada) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Saxonian State Ethnographic Collections)

    Lecture/Discussion
    9 May 2019

  • Collage from various identity documents.

    Access Barriers. Critical Perspectives on Racism in Schools and Curatorial Practices

    Keynote by Bonita Bennett (District Six Museum, Cape Town) at the conference Access Barriers on museums as places of social change.

    Lecture/Discussion
    20 Mar 2019

  • Portrait photo of an elderly woman looking friendly into the camera.

    The Laskers from Breslau (Wrocław) – A Family Reunion in Music and Words

    Cellist and contemporary witness Anita Lasker Wallfisch shares the stage with three generations of her family for the first time


    27 Jan 2019

  • Peter Neuhof

    Peter Neuhof: A Youth in the Shadow of the Persecution

    Peter Neuhof speaks about his memories and experiences in an interview with Aubrey Pomerance, head of the archive. His parents were active members of the German Communist Party (KPD) and were arrested in 1943. Peter was able to remain in the parental home, in German

    Video Recording
    3 Dec 2018

  • Graphic with garlands and balloons.

    Happy Birthday, Academy Programs!

    Welcoming Remarks and Introducing the Academy Programs | Discussion with Performance: Archive of Life. Memory in a Society Shaped by Migration | Panel Discussion: Jewish Fathers – Jewish Children? | Panel Discussion: A Pre-fascist Era? | Reception: 5 Years – 5 Friends – 5 Gifts

    Video Recording
    2 Dec 2018

  • Two men hug at a train station.

    Polish Perspectives on '68: March Protests

    In Poland, the student protests were co-opted by an antisemitic rampage that resulted in 13,000 Jews being forced to leave the country, in German and Polish

    Discussion
    22 Nov 2018

  • Front facade of the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy with the inscription: Hear the truth, whoever speaks it.

    Living with Islamophobia

    The international conference Living with Islamophobia considered how cultural and religious affiliations are constructed and invited experts to enter into discussion.

    Conference
    11 + 12 Oct 2018

  • Portrait of a man in a black suit with glasses.

    Michael Sfard: The Jerusalem Dispute. The Fight for Human Rights in Israeli Courts

    Lecture by Michael Sfard, one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers

    Lecture/Discussion
    6 Sep 2018

  • Entrance of the Library located in the Academy Building.

    Imported Antisemitism?

    Is Antisemitism increasing with the number of refugees from Arab countries? We discuss with political, academic, and practical experts which manifestations of antisemitism among Arab migrants and Muslims in Germany exist, in German

    Discussion
    30 Aug 2018

  • Portrait photo of Seyla Benhabib

    Seyla Benhabib: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Challenge to Liberal Democracies

    Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) discusses the challenges migration poses to liberal democracies

    Lecture/Discussion
    26 Jun 2018

  • Portrait of Hanni Levy

    Hanni Levy: Surviving in Berlin

    Born in 1924, survived the Nazi era in hiding in Berlin with the help of friends, in German

    Eyewitness Talks
    25 Jun 2018

  • Black and white photograph of a shelf filled with Hanukkah candelabras.

    Stolen Judaica. Provenance Research in Israel and Germany

    In this symposium, research that explores the origins of Jewish ceremonial objects exclusively in Israel and Germany, took center stage for the first time, in German and English

    Conference
    18/19 Jun 2018

  • Black and white photograph of a group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

    Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right

    Opening Session of the academic conference, including Imani Perry's keynote “What Lies Underneath: Difficult Histories and the Resurgence of The Far Right”


    7 Jun 2018

  • Older lady with microphone in armchair, talking.

    Anita Lasker Wallfisch: Auschwitz Never Left Me

    Born in Breslau in 1925, Anita Lasker Wallfisch studied cello in Berlin from 1938. In 1942, Anita’s parents were deported to Izbica and murdered, and in 1943 Anita and her sister Renate were deported to Ausschwitz, in German

    Eyewitness Talks
    28 May 2018

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    Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem

    Author Menachem Klein in Conversation with Cilly Kugelmann

    Reading/Discussion
    8 May 2018

  • Portrait of Margot Friedländer

    Margot Friedländer: Try to Make Your Life

    Margot Friedländer was born in 1921 in Berlin and has had close ties with the museum for many years. She reads from her memoir, which takes its title from her mother’s last message to her: Try to Make Your Life, in German


    9 Apr 2018

  • Portrait of a man.

    What is the Relationship Between Antisemitism and Islamophobia?

    Lectures by David Feldman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, in German and English

    Lecture/Discussion
    20 Mar 2018

  • Porträt Joshua Cohen

    The Book of Numbers

    Reading and talk with the author Joshua Cohen and literary scholar Jan Wilm, in English and German


    12 Feb 2018

  • Portrait of a man.

    Walter Frankenstein: Not with Us

    Born in 1924 in West Prussia, Walter Frankenstein lived in Berlin from 1936. When deportation threatened, he went into hiding with his wife and their five-week-old son. The family managed to survive with the help of friends, in German


    31 Jan 2018

  • Horst Selbiger with Petra Pau at a memorial service, holding a white rose.

    “And the day will come ...”

    Eyewitness Horst Selbiger in conversation with Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, in German


    11 Jan 2018

  • Kurt Roberg

    Kurt Roberg: A Visa Or Your Life

    Born 1924 in Celle, emigration at the end of 1938 via the Netherlands, return to Berlin in March 1941 and re-emigration in May 1941 via Lisbon to the USA, in German

    Eyewitness Talks
    4 Dec 2017

  • Kunstwerk von Moran Sanderovich

    New Judaism – Alliances in Postmigrant Society

    Discussion on concepts of being Jewish within the third generation of Jews in Germany, in German and English


    16 Nov 2017

  • Interior of a richly decorated synagogue.

    Jews in Muslim Majority Countries

    International conference for scholars from different continents and academic disciplines, who discuss questions of culture, identity and memory of Jewish life in Arab and Muslim majority countries.

    Conference
    24 to 27 Oct 2017

  • Henry Wuga

    Henry Wuga: A Nuremberger from Glasgow

    Henry Wuga was born to a Jewish mother and a Catholic father in Nuremberg in 1924. In 1938, his parents were able to send him to Scotland with a children’s transport and later in 1947, he could bring his mother, who had survived in hiding, to his home in Glasgow, in German

    Eyewitness Talks
    23 Oct 2017

  • Neon lettering: future memories.

    Future Memories

    Discussion on the Importance of Minority Perspectives for European Societies’ Commemorative Cultures, in German and English


    26 Sep 2017

  • Cranach-Gemälde Luther und Foto von Franz Rosenzweig als Collage

    Luther, Rosenzweig, and the Script

    Book presentation and discussion with Micha Brumlik, Walter Homolka, Christoph Kasten, Irmela von der Lühe, and Gesine Palmer , in German


    18 Sep 2017

  • Four portrait photos.

    Between the Lines

    An evening with Israeli and German poets, in Hebrew and German


    9 Sep 2017

  • A woman in dress and hijab.

    Religion. Fashion. Empowerment.

    Discussion with Reina Lewis and Meriem Lebdiri, in English and German


    29 Jun 2017

  • Black and white photograph: a group of men with shovels walking along a street.

    Jews in North Africa During the Second World War

    Theme day with lectures by Michel Abitbol, Eric Salerno, Patrick Bernhard, Haim Saadoun, and panel discussion
    Language: German, English, and French


    26 Jan 2017

  • Portrait José Casanova.

    José Casanova: Secularisation or the Return of Religion?

    Discussion on the Relationship Between Religion and Secularity in European Societies, in German

    Lecture/Discussion
    16 Mar 2017

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    “Nothing can Hurt Those who Already Died Once”- Discussion with Contemporary Witness Marko Feingold

    With: Marko Feingold, Peter Schäfer, Uwe Neumärker
    Language: German, no subtitles

    Eyewitness Talks
    10 Nov 2016

  • Black and white photograph: a boy stands in front of a puddle, an old building is reflected in the puddle.

    Sites of Memory: Lost and Entangled Narratives

    With: Dr. Rosa Fava, Juliane Jurewicz, Prof. Dr. Iman Attia, Olga Gerstenberger, Ozan Keskinkiliç, Anita Awosusi, Ilona Lagrene, Prof. Dr. Michael Rothberg, and Serpil Polat
    Language: German and English, no subtitles

    Conference
    16 Sep 2016

  • A fabric banner with the words Crisis on it, with people standing in a square behind it.

    Time of Crisis

    With: Dan Diner, Adam Michnik, Dietmar Herz, Étienne François, and Hans Kundnani
    Language: German, no subtitles

    Discussion
    7 Sep 2016

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    Antisemitism in the Arabic World – Facts and Myths

    With: Michael Kiefer and Omar Kamil
    Language: German, no subtitles


    26 Apr 2016

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    “Mich hat Auschwitz nie verlassen” (Auschwitz has never left me)

    With: Renate Lasker-Harpprecht and Anita Lasker Wallfisch
    Language: German, no subtitles

    Eyewitness Talks
    1 Mar 2016

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    Post-migrant Society?!

    International conference from 12 to 14 November 2015
    Recording of the opening event
    Language: German and English, no subtitles


    12–14 Nov 2015

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    On Life – Working with People Traumatized by the Shoah

    With: Giselle Cycowicz, Martin Auerbach and David Becker and Volker Beck
    Language: German, no subtitles

    Panel Discussion
    1 Oct 2015

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    Kill Me a Son!

    Recording of the opening event
    With: Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer and Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth
    Language: German, no subtitles


    3–4 Sep 2015

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    A Shared View of Europe – Jewish and Muslim Experiences as Reflected in Public Controversies

    Panel discussion
    With: Prof. Nilüfer Göle, Shai Lavi and Gökçe Yurdakul
    Language: English, no subtitles


    19 Jan 2015

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    Contemporary Jewish life in a global modernity

    International conference
    Recording of the presentation “Future of European Jewry”
    With: Dr. Karen Körber and Dr. Diana Pinto
    Language: English, no subtitles


    11–12 Dec 2014

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    Snip it?!

    Presentation of a study followed by a discussion, in German
    With: Professor Kerem Öktem, Mounir Azzaoui, Dr. des. Alexander Hasgall, and Dr. des. Hannah C. Tzuberi.


    4 Dec 2014

  • A Turkish, a Polish and a German passport.

    Concepts of Citizenship and Participation in European Comparison

    Recording of the keynote by Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck and the followed panel discussion
    With: Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck, Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev, Josip Juratovic and Dr. Monika Lüke
    Language: German, no subtitles

    Lecture/Discussion
    7–8 Apr 2014

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    Art and Culture in the Terezín Ghetto

    In four lectures, the symposium explores the history of Theresienstadt, the “ghetto of exceptions,” from four different angles.
    With: Wolfgang Benz, Anna Hájková and Hanno Loewy
    Language: German, no subtitles


    2 Mar 2014

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    The Connected Audience

    Conference from 27 February 2014 to 28 February 2014
    With: John H. Falk
    Language: English, no subtitles

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    Is Higher Education a Safeguard Against Racism and Antisemitism?

    Presentation of a study followed by panel discussion
    With: Wassilis Kassis, Charlotte Schallié, Iman Attia, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Andreas Zick
    Language: German, no subtitles

    Lecture/Discussion
    20 Feb 2014

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    “What do we mean when we say ‘antisemitism’?”

    Keynote lecture, opening the conference Antisemitism in Europe Today: the Phenomena, the Conflicts
    With: Brian Klug, in English

    Lecture/Discussion
    8 Nov 2013

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    Circumcision: Identity Politics and / or Health Issue?

    With: Sander L. Gilman, in Englisch

    Lecture/Discussion
    8 May 2013