Collage in gray-blue on an orange background with a blue zigzag line: the head of a man in a diving bell, his hand holding a hose, next to it a manometer.

Joodse vluchte­lingen (Jewish Refugees)

The Fate of German-Jewish Émigrés in the Netherlands Presentation of Family Collections as part of Archives Day (in German)

The Jewish Museum Berlin’s (JMB) archive team invites you to a show-and-tell: In conjunction with the exhibition “My Verses are Like Dynamite.” Curt Bloch’s Het Onderwater Cabaret”, they present the stories of German Jews who sought refuge through exile in the Netherlands during the Nazi era.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green

Where

Old Building, ground level, Auditorium
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

In 1939, the children Edgar Lax and Arno and Ulli Rosenfeld fled without their parents from Berlin to the Netherlands, where they were housed near Eindhoven in the refugee shelter Dommelhuis. Growing antisemitism had already led the Beck family to emigrate from Chemnitz to Amsterdam in 1932. But while they were initially able to build a new life, they faced intensifying threats after the German invasion and were only able to survive by going into hiding.

The married couple Hans and Alice Bergmann, from Frankfurt am Main, also survived by going into hiding, where their daughter Marion was born in 1944.

Postkarte mit zwei Passfotos zweier Jungen und der handschriftlichen Notiz: und wir sind von ein ander noch so weit entfernt Wir bleiben Freunde allezeit!

Postcard from Ulli Rosenfeld (1924-1942) in the Netherlands to Gert Berliner (1924-2019) in Sweden, Eindhoven, October 1939, Jewish Museum Berlin

Collage in gray-blue on an orange background with a blue zigzag line: the head of a man in a diving bell, his hand holding a hose, next to it a manometer.

Exhibition “My Verses are Like Dynamite” Curt Bloch’s Het Onderwater Cabaret: Features & Programs

Exhibition Webpage
“My Verses are Like Dynamite” Curt Bloch’s Het Onderwater Cabaret: 9 Feb to 26 May 2024
Accompanying Events
Tour of the Exhibition “My Verses are Like Dynamite” Curt Bloch’s Het Onderwater Cabaret: Dates by arrangement (from 9 Feb to 26 May 2024)
Exhibition Opening: 8 Feb 2024
Curator Tour for FRIENDS OF THE JMB: 8 Apr 2024, in German
Joodse Vluchtelingen: The Fate of German-Jewish Émigrés in the Netherlands: 3 Mar 2024, in German
Archival Objects of German Jews in the Netherlands: Show & tell for FRIENDS OF THE JMB, 7 Mar 2024, in German
Het Onderwater Cabaret Live. An evening of music and poetry: 11 Apr 2024, in German
Hidden in Enschede: Conversation with Contemporary Witness Herbert Zwartz: 16 Apr 2024, in German
Publications
JMB Journal 26: Het Onderwater Cabaret: Special edition on the occasion of the exhibition
Digital Content
OWC Online Feature: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of the Exhibition
Life and Work of Curt Bloch: Essay with biographical insights, JMB Journal 26
“It’s Complicated”: A text by Simone Bloch, daughter of Curt Bloch
“Ik neurie mee ’t propellerlied…”: Essay on Het Onderwater-Cabaret: A Testament to Political Resistance in the Occupied Netherlands, 1943–45
Clandestine Literature in the Netherlands 1940–1945: Essay, JMB Journal 26
All Audio Pieces of the Exhibition with Transcriptions and Translations
All issues of Het Onderwarter-Cabaret: All 95 issues to browse
See also
Survivors in Hiding (National Socialism)
To the Web Project www.curt-bloch.com

Where, when, what?

  • WhenSun 3  Mar 2024, 2, 3, 4 & 5 pm
  • Where Altbau EG, Auditorium
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    Free of charge

  • Language German

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