A Family Reunion in Music and Words (in English; with Video Recording)
Cellist and contemporary witness Anita Lasker Wallfisch shared 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 played works by Beethoven, Schubert, Bloch, Ravel, and others.
They told of the loving family home in Breslau (Wrocław) where Goethe was read, French spoken on Sundays, and chamber music evenings were held. The father Dr. Alfons Lasker was a lawyer and was awarded the Iron Cross in the First World War. Mother Edith Lasker was a talented violinist and the three sisters Marianne, Anita, and Renate began music lessons at an early age.
After the Nazis came to power, the oldest sister Marianne was able to escape to England accompanying a children’s transport. In 1942, the parents were deported to the Polish transit ghetto in Izbica and murdered. Following a failed attempt to flee, Anita and her sister Renate were arrested and taken separately to Auschwitz in 1943 and only by chance did they find each other there again.
As a cellist in the women’s orchestra, Anita managed to save her own and her sister’s life. On 15 April 1945, they were liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp by the British. Anita Lasker Wallfisch immigrated to England and co-founded the London English Chamber Orchestra in 1948. She has been associated with the Jewish Museum Berlin for many years. As a contemporary witness, she shares her memories and experiences particularly with young people and works actively against forgetting.
The evening program includes readings from the family archive, contemporary texts, and musical pieces from the Lasker family’s life in Breslau, connecting the generations in one story – from the past through our present and into the future.
Anita Lasker Wallfisch, BBC recording from Bergen-Belsen (1945)
from letters by Anita Lasker Wallfisch
works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Ernest Bloch, Paul Ben-Haim, Maurice Ravel, J. S. Bach, and Benjamin Wallfisch
Anita Lasker Wallfisch – reading
Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch – concept, artistic direction, and reading
Raphael Wallfisch – cello and reading
Elizabeth Wallfisch – violin
Simon Wallfisch – cello, voice, and reading
Michal Lasker Golan – reading
Accompanied by Edward Rushton – piano
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16 September 2019
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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.
28 August 2019
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Video: in German; no subtitles
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How can belief in the divine revelation of Scripture be reconciled with historical textual research? A discussion between Benjamin Sommer, an expert in modern Jewish theology, and Ghassan el Masri, researcher on the Koran in the context of the Arabic literature of his time.
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.
2 December 2018
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3 December 2018
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22 November 2018
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30 August 2018
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28 May 2018
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.
9 April 2018
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31 January 2018
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4 December 2017
Born in Celle in 1924, 14-year-old Kurt Roberg fled alone after the 1938 November pogrom to the Netherlands, where he was to finish school. He finally reaches his family in New York via Berlin and Lisbon in 1941.
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.
23 October 2017
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.
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Language: German and English, no subtitles
Symposium from 7 April 2014 to 8 April 2014
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
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Language: German, no subtitles
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With: Wassilis Kassis, Charlotte Schallié, Iman Attia, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Andreas Zick
Language: German, no subtitles
10 December 2019
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Deadline to register: 4 December 2019
30 November 2019
Erfurt was a unique center of medieval culture. In our excursion there, we will take a look at the numerous local artifacts and sites of Jewish historical and contemporary life.
Deadline to register: 14 November 2019
27 October 2019
Shadow puppetry in the Turkish karagöz style – in German, Hebrew, and Turkish: Premiere & introductory discussion for members of Friends of the Museum and their families.
Deadline to register: 15 September 2019
23 October 2019
In cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie, the Bauhaus-Archiv is presenting well-known and forgotten Bauhaus originals. Tour with Adriana Kapsreiter, a research associate of the Bauhaus-Archiv.
Deadline to register: 18 October 2019
20 October 2019
An evening at the Maxim Gorki theater: By now, there are thousands of new Berliners who grew up in the Middle East. The “next generation” shares its perspectives on the “third generation” after the period of Nazi rule.
Deadline to register: 15 October 2019
3 to 17 September 2019
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Deadline to register: 23 August 2019
29 August 2019
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Deadline to register: 19 August 2019
31 July 2019
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Deadline to register: 10 July 2019
13 July 2019
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Deadline to register: 11 July 2019
5 June 2019
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Deadline to register: 29 May 2019
24 April 2019
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Deadline to register: 17 April 2019
25 February 2019
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Deadline to register: 20 February 2019
20 February 2019
Museum of Architecture director Dr. Hans-Dieter Nägelke will provide us with an introduction to 19th century architecture and present Berlin architects and their works.
Deadline to register: 14 February 2019
27 January 2019
A Family Reunion in Music and Words (in English)
For Friend of the Jewish Museum Berlin we have reserved seats at the reduced price of 8 euros (limited ticket quota).
Deadline to register: 17 January 2019