Life Stories

Event Series (7) Eyewitness Talks Show all

Eyewitness Talks

In this event series six eyewitnesses tell of their fates during the nazi era (video recordings available, in German)

Hanni Levy: Surviving in Berlin

25 June 2018
Hanni Levy has had close ties to the Jewish Museum Berlin for many years. In conversation with Aubrey Pomerance, Head of the Archive, she describes her wartime memories and experiences. Hanni Levy, born in 1924, survived the Nazi era in hiding in Berlin with the help of courageous friends.

Peter Neuhof: A Youth in the Shadow of the Persecution

3 December, 7 pm
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.

Anita Lasker Wallfisch

28 and 29 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.

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. Followed by a brief discussion with Aubrey Pomerance, Head of the Archive.

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.

Kurt Roberg: A Visa Or Your Life

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.

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.

Event Series (14) New German Stories Show all

New German Stories

Since 2014, New German Stories has been illustrating Germany’s past and present as a multiethnic society through the lens of individual lives. The event series includes readings, film screenings, and conversations.

Phral mende – Who We Are

15 March 2018
Film and Discussion on Perspectives of Sinti and Roma in Germany

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

19 October 2017
Reading and discussion on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.

With Karamba to the Bundestag

1 June 2017
Reading and Discussion with Karamba Diaby

Vater unser
Eine Sintifamilie erzählt
(Our Father. A Sinti Family Recounts)

23 March 2017
Discussion and reading with Anita Awosusi

A Jew in Neukölln:
My Path to Coexistence of Religions

19 October 2016
The theology student and journalist Ármin Langer presents his first book

Children of the liberation

6 July 2016
Discussion and reading with Marion Kraft, Ika Hügel-Marshall and Judy Gummich: The perspectives of black Germans of the postwar generation

ХАИМ – HEIM (Home)

15 March 2016
Discussion and film clips with Robert Schulzmann

Doitscha
Eine jüdische Mutter packt aus (A Jewish mother reveals all)

19 May 2015
Reading and discussion with Adriana Altaras

Osama bin Laden is sleeping with fishes

10 March 2015
Reading and discussion with Ahmad Milad Karimi

The "Koscher Light" Generation

9 September 2014
Reading and discussion with Alina Gromova

Kıymet

8 July 2014
Film showing and discussion with Canan Turan

Being German and Black as well

13 May 2014
Reading and discussion with Theodor Michael

"InderKinder"
On Growing up and Living in Germany

20 March 2014
Reading and discussion with Urmila Goel and Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf

We, the new Germans
Who we are, what we want

15 January 2014
Reading and discussion with Alice Bota, Khuê Pham and Özlem Topçu