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From private family recordings to art photographs: Browse online in our collections (in German)

Online Collections

Photography of a Military Doctor

From Idyllic Landscapes to Trench Photos


Articles by our Curator of Photography

Theresia Ziehe on the stories behind individual photographs, photography projects, and pleasant encounters with donors


On the History of the Herbert Sonnenfeld Collection

Theresia Ziehe, Curator of Photography, on this important photographic testimony


The Sukkah: A Fleeting House for a Jewish Festival

4 Nov 2010 to 27 Feb 2011

Ilse Bing with a Leica camera

Photographic Collection

Art photography, historical press images and family photos, documenting the museum’s work

All About ...

This Place

This photo exhibition explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank.

7 Jun 2019 to 19 Apr 2020

Triumph of Survival

Cilly Kugelmann on a photo that visualizes the victory over the Nazis

May 2020

Die Aufnahme zeigt einen Mann, eine Frau, vor ihnen zwei Kinder, alle stehen im Freien. Die beiden Jungs und der Mann tragen kurze Hosen, die Frau ein kurzärmeliges Kleid mit floralem Muster.

Memories from the Life of Walter Frankenstein

With many photographs from the Walter and Leonie Frankenstein Collection

Online Feature

Conversation with the Artist Thomas Struth

With Thomas Struth (photo­grapher) and Theresia Ziehe (curator of photo­graphy), related to the exhibition This Place, in German

Video Recording
5 Dec 2019

It must schwing

Blue Note – Photography by Francis Wolff and Jimmy Katz

30 Oct 2009 to 7 Feb 2010

In an Instant

Photographs by Fred Stein

22 Nov 2013 to 4 May 2014

How German is it? 30 Artists' Notion of Home

16 Sep 2011 to 29 Jan 2012

Russians Jews Germans

Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present

20 Apr to 26 Aug 2012

Russians Jews Germans

A catalog accompanying the exhibition Russians Jews Germans. Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present


Roman Vishniac's Berlin

Catalog for the exhibition about the photographer's early work with photos of Berlin


A peek at the exhibition in the Diaspora Garden


Exhibition on religious clothing in the Diaspora Garden

1 Jun to 1 Sep 2017

Selected Objects: Photographic Collection (6)

Photographic Collection

From an early promotional photograph by Yva to documentation of Jewish life in Germany before and after the Shoah, discover selected objects from our Photographic Collection and the stories behind them.

"Amor Skin"

The vintage print is an example of early promotional photography. Using multiple exposures, the photographer Yva was able to produce unreal and dreamlike images.

“White Weeks” at the Ury Department Store

With a brightly lit façade, the Ury brothers promoted “White Weeks” to their customers in February 1930. The promotional campaign testified to their modern business practices and their resulting success.

Hugo Spiegel as Champion Shot

The photograph by Leonard Freed depicts the father of Paul Spiegel, who would later be president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. The Holocaust survivor was probably the first Jewish champion marksman in Germany.

Synagogue in the Jewish Retreat Center in Lehnitz

The synagogue was one of the last in Germany to be dedicated before the Second World War. For many, the retreat center became a place where Jews could assert their identity and culture in a hostile environment.

Rededication of the Synagogue at the Jewish Hospital

One year after the end of the Second World War, in 1946, the synagogue at the Jewish hospital on Iranische Strasse in the Berlin district of Wedding was rededicated. Gradually, it became the center of community work in Berlin.

Sally Israel in a Bavarian Costume

Three vacationers in folk costumes gather around the Berlin businessman for a souvenir photo from Bad Reichenhall. The spa town had been a prime destination for Jewish vacationers since the mid-nineteenth century.