Biographical interviews are the focus of this evening event, which is part of the conference “...And Facing the Future? – On Jewish History and Stories in the GDR.” From the 1980s until today, Jews who lived in the GDR have been interviewed many times about their experiences and life stories. How did different generations’ views of the socialist state change? And how did interviewers’ perspectives on the history of Jews in the GDR evolve?
Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
Miriam Rürup, Director of the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies in Potsdam, moderates a panel discussion featuring sociologist Robin Ostow, cultural historian Jeffrey Peck, author Lara Dämmig and filmmaker Yael Reuveny as they talk about and reflect on their different interview projects.
Canadian sociologist Robin Ostow interviewed East German Jews in the 1980s and 1990s, which resulted in the publication of two books. Around the same time, the American cultural historian Jeffrey Peck conducted interviews for his documentary film Chronik einer Rückkehr: Lebenswege deutscher Juden in der DDR (Chronicles of Return: Life Histories of Jews in the GDR, 1993). More recently, Lara Dämmig and Sandra Anusiewicz-Baer collected interviews for their book Jung und Jüdisch in der DDR (Young and Jewish in the GDR), published in 2021. Filmmaker Yael Reuveny created the audio and video installation Neuland (New Land), which can currently be seen in the exhibition Another Country. Jewish in the GDR. The project was part of the Jewish Museum Berlin’s W. Michael Blumenthal Fellowship 2022/23.
Organized by the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies in Potsdam and the Jewish Museum Berlin, the event is part of the conference “...And Facing the Future? – On Jewish History and Stories in the GDR.”
The conference is sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and will take place as part of the accompanying program for the exhibition Another Country. Jewish in the GDR. The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States.
Exhibition Another Country. Jewish in the GDR: Features & Programs
- Exhibition Webpage
- Another Country. Jewish in the GDR: 8 Sep 2023 to 14 Jan 2024
- Another Country. Jewish in the GDR: Catalog accompanying the exhibition, English edition, 2023
- Ein anderes Land. Jüdisch in der DDR: Catalog accompanying the exhibition, German edition, 2023
- Digital Content
- Voices from the GDR: Twelve short film interviews with Jewish perspectives on life and the political system, 2023, in German with English subtitles
- Come Fly With Me Over the Brandenburg Gate: A documentary by Esther Zimmering, in German
- Singled Out and Viewed Suspiciously: Jews in the GDR: Abridged version of Annette Leo’s contribution to the exhibition catalog, 2023
- Jewish in the GDR. A Road Trip with Marion and Lena Brasch: A podcast by Deutschlandfunk Kultur in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin, six episodes, 2023, in German
- Jewish Local History of the GDR: Information about the communities in Dresden, Erfurt, Halle, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Chemnitz and Schwerin on Jewish Places
- City Walk Berlin-East: Tour with Jewish Places from the New Synagogue to the kosher butcher’s shop, school participation project 2022/23
- Soundtrack of the Exhibition: Playlist on Spotify
- See also
- East Germany