Between Assimilation and Self-Determination: German Jews in the Nineteenth Century

Guided Tour for Adults

This tour of the exhibition presents various identities and considers the attitudes of nineteenth-century Jews in German society.

For German Jews, the formative developments of the nineteenth century included Jewish emancipation, the socialist movement, the idea of the nation, and political antisemitism. Industrialization created new opportunities for social mobility, and a German-Jewish middle class emerged. But how could Jews integrate into German society and still remain Jewish?

By appointment
Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus
Where

Libeskind Building, permanent exhibition

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

This tour discusses different models for German-Jewish identity:

  • Some Jews, like Heinrich Heine, succumbed to the pressure of their Christian environment and converted to Christianity.
  • Others became champions of the political left – they included both Ferdinand Lassalle, who wanted to overcome discrimination with his vision of a more just society, and Karl Marx, who viewed religion as the "opiate of the masses."
  • Many, like Theodor Herzl, were drawn to the Zionist movement...
  • and numerous patriotic Jews hoped to gain recognition by serving their German Fatherland.

Jewish Museum Berlin, Photo: Sönke Tollkühn

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

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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!

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Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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The Jewish World in the Middle Ages

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Women in Judaism

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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

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