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Watch Past Museum Events

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

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

    Albert Einstein, Hans Kaufmann and Zionism

    An unknown letter

    Mon 12 Sep 2022 (video recording available)

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    Read the Signs

    An evening to mark the 70th anniversary of the Night of Murdered Poets

    Sun 14 Aug 2022, 7 pm (video recording available in Yiddish, English and German)

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

    Part of the Summer Program for Yiddish Language and Literature (with video recording of the event)

    Sun 14 Aug 2022, 2 pm (video recording available in Yiddish, English and German)

  • 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.

    Tue 5 Jul 2022, 7 pm (video recording available)

  • 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

    Tue 26 Apr 2022, 7 pm (video recording available, in German)

  • 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

    Mon 11 Apr 2022, 7 pm (video recording available, in German)

  • 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

    Thu, 24 Mar 2022, 7 pm

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

    Staging Jewishness

    Artist talk with the photographer Frédéric Brenner

    Wed 2 Mar 2022, 7.30 pm (video recording available)

  • Portrait of Harry Raymon with film poster in the background

    Harry Raymon: Different from the Start

    Harry Raymon was born in 1926 in Kirchberg, a town in the Hunsrück upland of southwestern Germany, to a family of Jewish businesspeople. In 1936, his family fled the Nazis and emigrated to the United States, in German

    Eyewitness Talks
    28 Feb 2022

  • Portrait Yoed Sorek

    “The Lonely Living Stars”

    Concert for the Memorial Day of the Victims of National Socialism

    Thu 27 Jan 2022, 7 pm (video recording available)

  • 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

    2 Dec 2021, 7 pm (video recording available)

  • Books

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

    Presentation of an extensive collection of Yiddish short stories (in German)

    Sat, 20 Nov 2021, 6.30 pm (via Zoom)

  • Jews Don't Count?

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

    Tue 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)

    24 Aug 2021, 7 pm (video recording available, in German)

  • 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
    Thu, 3 Jun 2021

  • 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
    Thu, 20 May 2021

  • 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

    Tue 4 May 2021, 7 pm

  • 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

    12 Dec 2020

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    Shared History

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

    7–9 Dec 2020

  • 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

  • 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

    11 Dec 2019

  • 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

    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

    9 Nov 2020

  • 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)

    17 October 2019

  • Zvi Aviram: Brushes with Death

    16 September 2019
    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.

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

    29 August 2019
    In his book From Berlin to New York, 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 began studying at Duke University in 1957 and rose to the boardrooms of Pepsi and Dreamworks.

  • “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)
    Video: in German; no subtitles

    28 August 2019

  • Photography: Portrait of an elderly man

    Sally Perel:
    Hitlerjunge Salomon

    12 June 2019
    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 1990, his memoirs were published and were filmed in the same year under the title Hitlerjunge Salomon.

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

    Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

    Museums are called on to deal critically and transparently with the often invisible colonial history of their collections. The curators Jisgang Nika Collision (Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Nation & Canada) and Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Saxonian State Ethnographic Collections) discussed this topic.

    9 May 2019

  • 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.

    20 Mar 2019

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

    27 January 2019
    Cellist and contemporary witness Anita Lasker Wallfisch shares the stage with three generations of her family for the first time.
    Marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp on 27 January 1945, they read letters from the family written between 1942 and 1952 and play works by Beethoven, Schubert, Bloch, and others.

    27 Jan 2019

  • Peter Neuhof

    Peter Neuhof: A Youth in the Shadow of the Persecution

    3 December 2018
    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.

  • 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

    2 Dec 2018

  • Polish Perspectives on '68: March Protests

    22 November 2018
    This event for the “'68 Now” series discusses (in German and Polish) the events of 1968 from the Polish perspective. In Poland, the student protests were co-opted by an antisemitic rampage that resulted in 13,000 Jews being forced to leave the country.

  • Living with Islamophobia

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

    11–12 Oct 2018

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

    6 September 2018
    Lecture by Michael Sfard, one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers

  • 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).

    30 Aug 2018

  • Portrait photo of Seyla Benhabib

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

    26 June 2018
    Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) discusses the challenges migration poses to liberal democracies.

  • 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

  • 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.

    18/19 Jun 2018

  • 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

  • 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

    Eyewitness Talks
    28 May 2018 (video recording available, in German)

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    Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem

    8 May 2018
    Author Menachem Klein in Conversation with Cilly Kugelmann

  • Portrait of Margot Friedländer

    Margot Friedländer: Try to Make Your Life

    9 April 2018
    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.

  • What is the Relationship Between Antisemitism and Islamophobia?

    Lectures by David Feldman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

    20 Mar 2018

  • Porträt Joshua Cohen

    The Book of Numbers

    12 February 2018
    Reading and Talk with the Author Joshua Cohen and Literary Scholar Jan Wilm

  • Walter Frankenstein: Not with Us

    31 January 2018
    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.

  • “And the day will come ...”

    11 January 2018
    Eyewitness Horst Selbiger in Conversation with Léontine Meijer-van Mensch

  • 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

  • Jews in Muslim Majority Countries

    24 to 27 October 2017
    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.

  • 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

  • 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

    18 September 2017
    Book Presentation and Discussion (in German)

  • Between the Lines

    9 September 2017
    An Evening with Israeli and German Poets (in Hebrew and German)

  • Religion. Fashion. Empowerment.

    Discussion with Reina Lewis and Meriem Lebdiri (in German and English)

    29 Jun 2017

  • 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

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

    Event on 10 November 2016
    With: Marko Feingold, Peter Schäfer, Uwe Neumärker
    Language: German, no subtitles

  • 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

    16 Sep 2016


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

    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

    Panel discussion on 1 October 2015
    With: Giselle Cycowicz, Martin Auerbach and David Becker and Volker Beck
    Language: German, no subtitles

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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: German, 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
    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

    7–8 Apr 2014

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    Art and Culture in the Terezín Ghetto

    Symposium on 2 March 2014
    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

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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 on 20 February 2014
    With: Wassilis Kassis, Charlotte Schallié, Iman Attia, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Andreas Zick
    Language: German, no subtitles

    20 February 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
    Language: English

    8 Nov 2013

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    Circumcision: Identity Politics and / or Health Issue?

    With: Sander L. Gilman, in Englisch

    8 May 2013