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Words in the Garden: Ghetto Brother. A Story from the Bronx

Reading and Live-Painting

In the early 70s, life in the Bronx was shaped by violence, drugs, and crime and many young residents united to form gangs in order to survive.

The graphic novel "Ghetto Brother" tells the true story of Benjamin Melendez, a gang member who initiated a highly regarded peace deal between the New York gangs in 1971. Instead of gang warfare, the Bronx was now talked about for its music, DJs, and graffiti scene. In this spirit of optimism, Benjamin Melendez embarked upon another journey in search of his Puerto Rican-Jewish roots.

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Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Museum Garden
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Illustrator Claudia Ahlering will paint live, author Julian Voloj will read and talk about his encounter and collaboration with Benjamin Melendez, while DJ Marc Hype will play the beats of the time.

A cooperation with avant – Publishers.

An event as part of the Jewish Museum Berlin’s Cultural Summer Program for 2015.

Where, when, what?

  • When 4 July 2015, 6 pm
  • Where Museum Garden

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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