Permanent Collection - Jewish Museum Berlin

We are working steadily at building a collection which will pay testimony to the rich history and culture of Germany's Jewish community. The Jewish Museum is pleased to welcome a growing number of patrons and supporters in this process.

The collection of the Jewish Museum Berlin is based on the Berlin-focussed resources of the former Jewish Department of the Berlin Museum. These resources have now been extended and enlarged in order to provide a comprehensive picture of German-Jewish history, rather than solely that of Berlin's Jews.

For this purpose, we are collecting contributions spanning all materials and epochs, from artworks to everyday objects. Whether family photos, or documents, ceremonial objects, paintings, photographs, graphics, sculptures, architectural models, postcards, furniture, rare books, scripts, textiles, porcelain, Torah ornamentation, portraits, pictures of synagogues, the Jewish Museum is in search of anything that helps to tell the moving story of Jewish-German history.


The documentary material of and works by the sculptor Kurt Kroner (Breslau 1885-1929 Munich), his son Thomas Kroner (Munich 1909-1992 Beith Hashitah, Israel), and his daughter Dorothea Kroner (Berlin 1912-2006 Stuttgart) represent a new acquisition for the Museum's art collection which stems from a rabbi and doctor's family from Breslau. Following his father's death, Kurt, who was already a Bar Mitzwa, was
baptized and later confessed to a "Religion of humanity" (Arthur Holitscher). Kurt Kroner's children, Thomas and Dorothea, both managed to leave the country. Their mother, the painter Elli Berendt (Stettin 1885-1942 Auschwitz(?)) stayed in Berlin and was deported to Auschwitz or the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.

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