Dawn of the Modern Age – Jews in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic

Guided Tour for Adults

In this guided tour, we examine the significant role played by Jewish people in the birth of modernity. They were caught in a tension between the respect and recognition they sought and the defamation and discrimination they endured.

In the late nineteenth century, the pace of life quickened in Germany, especially in its young capital, Berlin. Scientific and technical inventions as well as cultural developments marked the dawn of a new era. Jews made a wide-ranging contribution to modernity that affected all areas of urban life. Take the egg cooker, electric iron, and hair dryer, all successful products by Emil Rathenau, who founded the electricity company AEG and simplified many people's lives. Although it was now possible for Jews to rise professionally and in society, many Jews continued to experience discrimination. We examine these developments in the context of the turn of the twentieth century, the First World War, and the Weimar Republic.

By appointment
Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus
Where

Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus
Where

Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

More Information

  • When

    By appointment

  • Duration

    1 hour

  • Where
    Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

  • Entry fee

    60 euros (plus admission fee; one chaperon free of charge)

  • Information and Reservation

    Education Department
    phone: +49 (0)30 259 93 305
    fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
    gruppen@jmberlin.de

  • Educational method

    Tour

  • Teilnehmer*innenzahl

    max. 15

Tours for Adults (11) Programs for Groups Show all

Programs for Groups

You can book a tour on a specific topic or an aspect of our exhibitions as a group, a family, a couple, or an individual. Just select from our programs!

Jewish Life and Traditions

Tour for adults about the basic elements of Judaism

Judaism, Christianity and Islam

A guided tour for adults comparing the cultural history of the three religions

The Jewish World in the Middle Ages

Tour for adults about the Middle Ages

Women in Judaism

A museum tour for adults tracing the role of women in Judaism from the creation myth to the present

Jews in the Early Modern Period

Tour for adults about the Early Modern Period

Moses Mendelssohn and the Promise of the Enlightenment

A guided tour for groups of adults about the Age of Enlightenment

Between Assimilation and Self-Determination

A guided tour for groups of adults about nineteenth century German Jews’ conceptions of their identity

Dawn of the Modern Age

Tour for adults about the German Empire and the Weimar Republic

The Jewish Response to National Socialism

Tour for adults about Nazism

Architectural Observations

Tour for adults of the museum’s architecture in the context of Jewish history in Germany

Feeling and hearing History

A multisensory architectural tour for visitors with visual impairments