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Stolen Judaica
Provenance Research in Israel and Germany

Specialist Symposium (with Video and Audio Recordings)

The Jewish Museum Berlin and the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation held a two-day international symposium on Stolen Judaica – Provenance Research in Israel and Germany. In specialist lectures, workshops, and an evening event, research exploring the origins of Jewish ceremonial objects (Judaica), exclusively in Israel and Germany, took center stage for the first time.

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Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin


Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin and New Synagogue Berlin– Centrum Judaicum Foundation, Oranienburger Str. 28-30, 10117 Berlin

The symposium aimed to provide an overview of methodological approaches and experiences in provenance research in the area of Judaica, thereby creating a basis from which to further develop this branch of research. Speakers from Israel and Germany gave practical reports on their handling of Judaica finds.

Especially small regional museums and collections containing suspicious objects were encouraged to participate in the symposium in order to learn more about recognizing Judaica objects and how to approach their provenance.

Damaged Hanukkah lamp with missing parts, Germany, Late 19th – early 20th century; photo (c) The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Yair Hovav

Monday 18 June 2018
Specialist Symposium at the Jewish Museum Berlin

10.30 am
Registration and Coffee
11.30 am
Words of Welcome

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Program Director, Jewish Museum Berlin)

11.40 am
The Judaica Blind Spot – Nazi-Era Provenance Research in Germany and the "Problem" of Jewish Ceremonial Objects

Michal S. Friedlander (Curator of Judaica and Applied Arts, Jewish Museum Berlin)

12.15 am - 1.15 pm
Judaica Provenance Research in Germany
Judaica Provenance Research Using the Example of the Zvi Sofer Collection – Opportunities and Challenges in Practice

Dr. Anna-Carolin Augustin (Provenance Researcher, Jewish Museum Berlin)

"But alas! Foxes entered G-d's temple on the 16th of (Mar)cheshvan 5699 [9 -10 November, 1938]"

Dr. Jutta Dick (Director, Foundation Moses Mendelssohn Academy) and Uri Faber (Provenance Researcher, Foundation Moses Mendelssohn Academy)

1.15 - 2.45 pm
Lunch Break
2.45 - 3.45 pm
Judaica Provenance Research in Israel
Taking Another Look: Rethinking Provenance Research at the Israel Museum

Sharon Weiser-Ferguson (Curator, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem)

Ceremonial Objects from the Jewish Home: Case Studies from Yad Vashem's Artifacts Collection

Sara Shor (Collection Manager, Artifacts Collection, Yad Vashem Museum)

3.45 - 4 pm
Coffee Break
4 - 5.30 pm
"First Check": The Search for Judaica in German State and Regional Museums
Jump-Starting Provenance Research: the "First Check" Project in Brandenburg

Alexander Sachse (Academic Consultant, Association of Brandenburg Museums)

"Origin Uncertain, Origin Known": Judaica in Non-State Museums in Bavaria

Christine Bach M.A. (Provenance Researcher, Office for Non-State Museums in Bavaria)

Judaica as Accidental Spoils of the Confiscation of Jewish Archive Material

Dr. Carolin Lange (Provenance Researcher, Office for Non-State Museums in Bavaria)

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Public Evening Event at the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation

6.30 pm
7.30 pm
Words of Welcome

Moderation: Dr. Anja Siegemund (Director, New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation)
Staatsministerin Prof. Monika Grütters MdB (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the German Lost Art Foundation)
S.E. Jeremy Issacharoff (Ambassador of the State of Israel)

7.45 pm
The Current Debate on Provenance and Commemoration in Germany and Israel

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss (Director, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow; Professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
PD Dr. Christian Fuhrmeister (Research Fellow, Central Institute for Art History, Munich)

8.10 pm
Musical Interlude
8.30 pm
Round-Table: Judaica Provenance Research – Looking Ahead

Dr. Günter Winands (Ministerial Director and Head of Office at the Federal Government Commission for Culture and the Media)
Prof. Dr. Gilbert Lupfer (Honorary Board Member, German Lost Art Foundation)
Dr. Chana Schütz (Deputy Director and Head of the Research Department, New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation)
Moderation: Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Program Director, Jewish Museum Berlin)

9.30 pm
Reception with Buffet
New Synagogue Berlin– Centrum Judaicum Foundation

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German Lost Art Foundation

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Tuesday 19 June 2018
Specialist Workshops at the Jewish Museum Berlin

10 am
Welcome Coffee in the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
10.30 am - 12 noon
Object Workshop: Jewish Ceremonial Objects for Newcomers (Auditorium, Old Building)

Michal S. Friedlander (Curator of Judaica and Applied Arts, Jewish Museum Berlin)

Practical Workshop: An Introduction to Provenance Research Practices (Archive Seminar Room, Academy)

Dr. Carolin Lange und Christine Bach M.A. (Provenance Researchers, Office for Non-State Museums in Bavaria)

Alternatively: Guided Tour of the Exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem
12 noon - 1 pm
Lunch Break
1.30 - 3 pm
Object Workshop: Jewish Ceremonial Objects for Newcomers (Repetition) (Auditorium, Old Building)

Michal S. Friedlander (Curator of Judaica and Applied Arts, Jewish Museum Berlin)

Archive Workshop: Judaica Provenance Research at the Jewish Museum Berlin Archive (Archive Seminar Room, Academy)

Aubrey Pomerance (Head of Archives, Jewish Museum Berlin)

Alternatively: Guided Tour of the Jewish Museum Berlin Library
Several Judaica objects in a shelf

Judaica recovered by the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc. (JCR) in storage at The Jewish Museum NY. The organization was established in 1947 to collect »heirless Jewish property« in the American occupied zone of Germany. The JCR was based in Offenbach and later in Wiesbaden. These »orphaned objects« were distributed to Jewish institutions worldwide; more than 3000 Judaica objects were sent to Israel. Photo: bpk/The Jewish Museum of New York/Art Resource N.Y.

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Where, when, what?

  • When Monday 18 June 2018 and Tuesday 19 June 2018
  • Where

    Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
    and New Synagogue Berlin– Centrum Judaicum Foundation, Oranienburger Str. 28-30, 10117 Berlin

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  • Entry fee

    Free of charge

  • Please note The conference languages are German and English, with simultaneous interpretation

    Contact Anna Golus
    Project Coordination – Symposium Stolen Judaica

    For journalists Phone: +49 (0)30 25 993 419

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Audio Recordings: Listen to Past Museum Events (65)

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Lectures, book presentations, theatrical readings, panel discussions, and award ceremonies

World History in Berlin

The Humboldt Brothers and the Jewish Enlightenment
With: Uta Lohmann, Sebastian Panwitz, and Conrad Wiedemann, Humboldt researchers
Language: German

30 Oct 2019

Antisemitism Today – A Challenge for School and Society

21 February 2019
Talk by Juliane Wetzel as part of the symposium Actively Countering Antisemitism and Exclusion (in German)

Katharina Galor: The Temple Mount

9 January 2019
Archaeologist Katharina Galor talks about the historical and archaeological heritage of Jerusalem’s most controversial site – the Temple Mount (Har haBait). She presents various research initiatives and highlights the role of religiously or politically motivated agendas in the research process.

Assaf Gavron:
Achtzehn Hiebe (Eighteen Blows)

28 July 2018
Reading and Discussion
Achtzehn Hiebe is a novel of love and a detective story, a piece of contemporary history, and a journey through Israel of today. The Israeli author Assaf Gavron presents his new novel with the actor Golo Euler and the journalist Ulrich Gutmair (taz).

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

Rechavia – Grunewald in the Orient

28 February 2018
Reading with Thomas Sparr on German-Jewish Jerusalem (in German)

A Canon of Jewish Renaissance

22 February 2018
Bernhard Jensen, author of the first monograph about the Soncino Society in conversation with publisher Thedel von Wallmoden (in German)

Jerusalem for Cowards

19 February 2018
Discussion with filmmakers Dalia Castel and Orit Nahmias following the screening of Jerusalem for Cowards (in German and English)

Who is carrying the Menorah?

8 February 2018
Talk by Steven Fine on Jewish Counter-Histories of the Arch of Titus Spoils Panel

The Many Deaths of Jew Süss

22 January 2018
Reading with Yair Mintzker on Joseph Süß Oppenheimer – Jew Süss

Dmitrij Belkin

Germanija. How I Became an Adult and a Jew in Germany

Reading and discussion on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.

19 Oct 2017

IN-/EXCLUSIONS and Self-Empowerment in the Cultural Business

With Max Czollek, Dan Thy Nguyen, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, and Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz (in German)

12 Oct 2017

Volk, Volksgemeinschaft, AfD (People, National Community, AfD)

Book presentation and discussion with Alexander Häusler and the author Michael Wildt (in German)

10 Oct 2017

Incredibly Clever

5 August 2017
Iris Berben reads Paula Buber (in German and English)

Before the After Party

15 July 2017
Reading and talk with the author Molly Antopol, translator Patricia Klobusiczky and actor Katharina Marie Schubert (in German and English).

Yousef Abad

Eliz Sanasarian and Elham Rokni on video art by Elham Rokni and the situation of Jews in Iran from the 1979 revolution to today.

6 Jul 2017

The New Völkerwanderung
Book Presentation by Asfa Wossen Asserate

3 July 2017
Asfa-Wossen Asserate presents his latest book Die neue Völkerwanderung (The New Völkerwanderung) on the grievances of the EU’s Africa policy.

Peter Schäfer – "Two gods in heaven. Concepts of god in the ancient Jewish world"

12 June 2017
Peter Schäfer and Michael Wolffsohn on monotheism in Judaism and Christianity and concepts of a second god.

With Karamba to the Bundestag – My Journey from Senegal to the German Parliament

Karamba Diaby tells of his birth country Senegal, of life in the GDR, his work in the Bundestag, and of his vision of an open and future-oriented society (in German).

1 Jun 2017

Portrait Ariel Sabar

Ariel Sabar: My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

Reading and talk with the writer Ariel Sabar on the story of his father Yona Sabar, professor of the Neo-Aramaic language, and the Kurdish-Jewish history.

11 May 2017

The Dress of the Unfaithful Wife
Artist Talk and Discussion on Women and Sexuality in Judaism

9 May 2017
Talk with Andi LaVine Arnovitz, Amy K. Milligan, Professor for Jewish Studies and Women's Studies, and Emily D. Bilski, art historian, on the role of women in religious Judaism.

Israelis in Germany
Ideological Debates and Changing Identities

Talk and Slideshow with Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi from the University of Wuppertal on Israeli Jews in today's Germany (in German).

4 May 2017


Im/Possibilities – Perspectives on Refugee Participation

Conference on the situation for refugees in Europe and Germany. Recording of the opening event with a talk by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK, followed by a panel discussion (in German and English).

29 Mar 2017

Our Father: A Sinti Family Recounts

Conversation and reading with the German-Sinti civil rights activist and author Anita Awosusi and her daughter Tayo Onutor about their family’s history (in German).

23 Mar 2017

Götz Aly

Europe Against the Jews. 1880-1945

22 February 2017
Historian Götz Aly and Daniel Cohn-Bendit discuss antisemitism in Eastern and Western Europe from 1880 to the present (in German).

Porträt der Autorin und Buchtitel <cite>Die Zerreißprobe. Wie die Angst vor dem Fremdem unsere Demokratie bedroht</cite>

The Acid Test
How Fear of Foreigners is Threatening our Democracy

The Islamic studies and education scholar Lamya Kaddor reads from her book and discusses integration with Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz and Andreas Zick (in German).


Gottes Körper (God's Body)

13 February 2017
Christoph Markschies in conversation with Peter Schäfer about Christian conceptions of God and their roots in other ancient religions (in German).

Portrait Johanna Wokalek

All Sorts of Stories

21 November 2016
The actor Johanna Wokalek reads from Bertha Pappenheim’s German translation of the Maase book, a collection of Yiddish stories, fairy tales, and legends (in German).

Porträt Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen:
You want a golem?

17 November 2016
Reading and conversation with Joshua Cohen and Caspar Battegay about the golem myth in the age of automation.

Black and white portrait of a young man with glasses in half profile

A Jew in Neukölln – My Path to Coexistence of Religions

The theology student and writer Ármin Langer reads from his book and talks about Jewish life in Neukölln (in German).

19 Oct 2016

The Clay Giant's Alive!

8 October 2016
Anke Kuhl reads from her comic about two kids and their golem, with musical accompaniment by the cellist Martin Klenk (in German).

Portrait Christian Berkel

Reading with Christian Berkel: Tevye the Dairyman

9 July 2016
To mark the 100th anniversary of Sholem Alejchem’s death, the actor Christian Berkel will read from the new translation of the book Tevye the Dairyman

Bookcover (detail)

Herzl reloaded – It’s No Fairytale

Staged reading. Doron Rabinovici, writer and historian, and Natan Sznaider, sociologist, have a fictional email correspondence with Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism (in German).

7 Jul 2016

Portrait Ludwig Haas

Ludwig Haas – A Left-liberal Campaigner for Peace and Democracy

9 June 2016
Symposium with Evening Lecture by Gerhart Baum on the liberal Campaigner Ludwig Haas (1875-1930) and "Perspectives of Left-wing Liberalism Today".

The Holocaust and the Problem of Visual Representation

30 May 2016
Talk with artist and exhibition curator Peter Weibel about Boris Lurie and visual representation of the Holocaust (in German).


Helga Krohn: Bruno Asch

19 May 2016
Reading and talk with Helga Krohn on the local politician and socialist Bruno Asch.

Book cover

Angst ums Abendland (Fears For the West)
Book Presentation with Daniel Bax

Talk with Daniel Bax and Gideon Botsch on Right-wing populist parties, anti-Muslim sentiments, flight and asylum (in German).

6 Apr 2016

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Prize for Understanding and Tolerance

Acceptance speech by the 2015 award winner: W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin (in German).

14 Nov 2015

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Béla Guttmann - The World History of Football in one Person

4 August 2015
The writer Detlev Claussen presents his book about the Hungarian-Jewish soccer coach Béla Guttmann (in German).

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Attempts to Describe Anti-Semitism

Book presentation and discussion on the history of antisemitism research before 1944 with Hans-Joachim Hahn, Olaf Kistenmacher, Dr. Werner Treß, and Franziska Krah (in German).

22 Apr 2015

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From a Berlin Farce to a Story of Success

2 March 2015
The writer Daniel Bussenius talks with Inka Bertz and Heinrich Wefing, reporter from Die Zeit, about the museum’s development from 1971 to 2001 (in German).

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The Realignment of "Education after Auschwitz" in Immigration Society

Book presentation and panel discussion with the author Rosa Fava, Angela Kühner (University of Frankfurt), Selman Erkovan, history teacher in training, and Marco Kühnert, a guide at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg (in German).

27 Jan 2015

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The Book of Job. Aesthetics, Ethics, Hermeneutics

The editors of a volume of essays about the Book of Job, Leora Batnitzky (Princeton) and Ilana Pardes (Jerusalem), in conversation with Vivian Liska
Language: in German and English

21 Jan 2015

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What’s your "Heimat"?

14 November 2014
W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, and Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, talk about culture, religion, and being at home in a foreign place (in German).

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Zimzum. God and the creation of the world

Author Christoph Schulte talks with Micha Brumlik and Vivian Liska about his book on the notion of zimzum (tzimtzum) in Jewish mysticism
Language: German

30 Oct 2014

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Hebrew Worlds – On the Presence of Ancient Texts in Modern Ivrith

Anne Birkenhauer, a translator and the August Wilhelm Schlegel Guest Professor of the German Translation Fund and the FU Berlin, gives her inaugural lecture (in German).

27 Oct 2014

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Forgotten Soldiers?

3 September 2014
Historian Tim Grady presents his research on the commemoration of German-Jewish soldiers from the First World War.

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Modernized, then Tolerated?

Micha Brumlik, Petra Bahr, Kadir Sanci, and Thomas Bauer about religion and navigating between tradition and adaptation
Language: German

10 Oct 2013

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1933: Denial, Opposition, and Protest

Wolf Gruner about his research into German Jews’ responses to Nazi persecution (in German).

8 Aug 2013

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Peter Schäfer: The Origins of Jewish Mysticism

Panel discussion between the author Peter Schäfer, Christoph Markschies, and Micha Brumlik about Schäfer’s book on the history of early Jewish mysticism
Language: German

25 Jun 2012

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The History of Jews and Dönme in Turkey

The Turkish studies scholar Corry Guttstadt and the historian Marc Baer discuss the history of Jews and Dönme (converts) in Turkey (in German).

31 Jan 2011

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Perrine Simon-Nahum: Jews in France Today

Talk by Perrine Simon-Nahum about her book on the circumstances of Jews in France, both past and present.

29 Nov 2010

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W. Michael Blumenthal: Around the World in Eighty Years. My Life

W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, presents his memoir (in German).

30 Sept 2010

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Jewish Youth Movement in Germany

22 May 2010
German-language talk by Ulrike Pilarczyk and panel discussion with Micha Brumlik, Hans Jakob Ginsburg, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, and Moshe Zuckermann about the history of the Zionist youth movement in Germany (in German).

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Dialogues on Jewish Present: On the Question of Redemption – Messianism and the End of Days

with Moshe Idel, Elliot R. Wolfson, and Micha Brumlik about the Messianic promise of redemption and its relevance in the twenty-first century
Language: English

10 Dec 2009

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Walther Rathenau's Life: Text and Context

Talk by Shulamit Volkov about the life of the writer, politician, and industrialist Walther Rathenau (in German).

15 Oct 2009

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Migrants Moving History

Saskia Sassen about immigration, diversity, and future prospects for dealing with history and citizenship in multiethnic societies.

25 Oct 2008

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Self Displaced Person. Peter Szondi's Problematic Judaism

3 December 2007
Talk by Andreas Isenschchmid about the life and work of the literary scholar Peter Szondi (in German).

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Painted in words. The portrait of a lost time

10 October 2007
Reading and conversation with the artist Samuel Bak about his family’s story and his survival as a child in German-occupied Vilnius (in German).

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A synagogue curtain at the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter

23 November 2006
Talk by Vera Bendt about a synagogue curtain that was discovered at the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter, where it had been listed in records as an altar curtain (in German).

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Exile in Shanghai

Conversation between W. Michael Blumenthal and Horst Eisfelder about the time they both spent in Shanghai, where 18,000 Jews from Germany had taken refuge (in German).

14 Nov 2006

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The place of psychoanalysis in the history of the Jews

30 May 2005
Talk by Eli Zaretsky about the influence of psychoanalysis on Judaism and the place of psychoanalysis in Jewish history.

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Breaking Ground: Adventures in Life and Architecture

In conversation with Susanne Weingarten, Daniel Libeskind presents his autobiography.
Language: English

25 Jan 2005

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The Fragile Foundation: The Quest for German-Jewish “Normalcy”

Salomon Korn reads essays from his book about Jewish life in Germany, Jewish culture and remembrance, architecture, and politics.
Language: German

30 Sep 2003

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Times of Commemoration: On Jewish Histories and Others

Book presentation by the historian Dan Diner about remembering the twentieth century as an era of violence, forced displacement, and genocide (in German).

24 Jun 2003

Video Recordings: Watch Past Museum Events (56)

Watch Past Museum Events

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

Shtetl Berlin All-Star Concert

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

12 Dec 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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

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.
Language: German

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

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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