Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jews from pharaonic slavery and their exodus from Egypt. The story, from II. Moses tells of the Israelites’ suffering, of their hasty departure with Pharao's army in hot pursuit, of their wandering through the desert as well as the plagues inflicted by God on the Egyptians.
Passover takes place in the spring and begins with a seder: a long, ritualized meal. Family and friends read from the Haggadah, which recounds the story of the holiday; they sing and eat. Passover is also called the "celebration of unleavened bread:" in memory of the haste with which the Israelites left Egypt, they are forbidden to eat and drink leavened food and beverages for seven days.
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Mazze, Seder Plates and Historical Photographs
Passover objects in our collections online (in German)
Passover in Times of Corona
How did you celebrate in 2020 and what was different in 2021? Explore the submissions so far and contribute to our collection yourself!
Contemporary History Collection
The Matzah Bakery
Let’s bake matzah together for the holiday of Passover!
Workshop for Elementary Schools
Across Mannheim in the Matzo-Mobile
David Studniberg about the great feeling to support others in difficult times
Passage through the Red Sea
Illustration from a Passover Haggadah
From our Holdings
The Big Clean-Up
Dana Akrish writes about passover in Jerusalem
A Kind of Family Gathering
Bitter Herbs and Their Relatives in the Diaspora Garden
A Small Window onto History
A newly acquired Passover Haggadah and its previous owners in Kreuzberg
Behind the Scenes
“Go down Moses” and an Orange on the Seder Plate
Cilly Kugelmann on old and new customs for Passover
First Family Self-Portrait during Passover
Tamar Lewinsky talks with the artist who submitted the photo for our collection
Seder Plate by Harriete Estel Berman
A feminist Passover custom
From our Holdings