The Jewish Museum Berlin first became known for its architecture - the building designed by Daniel Libeskind was already a much frequented place by Berliners and tourists in 1999, two years before the permanent exhibition was opened. The website also reflects the great interest in the architecture with texts and pictures of the two buildings: the Old Building (the baroque Collegienhaus) and the modern Libeskind Building.
Current announcements of the Museum, a detailed description of the Museum's history, and information on the Museum's management and Academic Advisory Board can also be found in this section of the website.
Permanent Collection Highlights (3)
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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 Ber...+ [ Read all ]
Shalechet - Fallen Leaves
Menashe Kadishman's contribution to the Jewish Museum Berlin is the installation titled Shalechet (Fallen Leaves) in the Memory Void, one of the empty spaces of the Libeskind Building. Over 10,000 open-mouthed faces coarsely cut from heavy, circular iron plates cover the floor.
Kadishman's installation, on loan from Dieter and Si Rosenkranz, powerfully compliments the spatial feel of the Voids. While these serve as an architectural expression of the irretrievable loss of the Jews murdered in Europe, Menashe Kadishman's sculptures filling them evoke painful recollections of the innocent victims of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Born in 1932, Menashe Kadishman studied sculpture in Israel from 1947 to 1950. He continued his education in Great Britain at the St. Martin's School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London (1959-1960). Today the artist lives and works in his native town of Tel Aviv.
Gallery of the Missing
Via Lewandowsky¬īs "Gallery of the Missing" reminds visitors of the idea and character of "that which no longer exists". With this project, the artist refers symbolically to what has been lost, but can still be represented, a concept which Daniel Libeskind incorporated in his architecture, called "Voids". Five of them "interrupt" the Libeskind Building across a straight axis.
Black glass sculptures are installed on the exhibition floors in correlation with particular architectural "negative" spaces. The showcases, which visitors cannot look into, contain acoustic descriptions of missing objects. With the help of various soundbites, missing objects will be presented to the visitor's inner eye....+ [ Read all ]
15. March 2007 to 22. March 2007"
Before the Eyes of the World" - Projection of Photographs from Darfur
The Jewish Museum Berlin will show a projection of photographs from Darfur. More than 170 photographs taken by eight well-known photographers will be projected onto three 30m√ā¬≤ screens on the Museum fa√É¬ßade each night of the campaign week from 7 pm.
15. March 2007 to 09. April 2007
Smallest Witnesses. The Crisis in Darfur trough Children's Eyes
The Jewish Museum Berlin will show a special exhibition with drawings by children and young people from the refugee camps in Darfur, collected by Human Rights Watch aid workers. Photographs by the Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin, winner of several awards, will also be on show.
03. November 2006 to 25. February 2007
Jewish - Now. Photographs and Interviews
The exhibition presents two projects completed by students from the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz (communication design) and the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld (photography and media studies). The students have explored the theme of Jewish life in Germany today intensively and have recorded the results of their work in photographs and interviews.
29. September 2006 to 09. April 2007
Home and Exile. Jewish Emigration from Germany since 1933
The forced exodus of the German Jews after 1933 is the theme of a large exhibition organized by the Jewish Museum Berlin in cooperation with the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn. The exhibition tells of persecution and preparing for flight, of journeys to an uncertain future, and from beginning anew in a foreign world. Covering issues of daily life, adaptation, and integration, the exhibition...+ [ Read all ]
You can download a detailed map of the Jewish Museum Berlin here. http://www.juedisches-museum-berlin.de/fileserver.php?id=292
Nearly the whole exhibition area is accessible for wheelchair users. There is just one small area in the permanent exhibition which can only be accessed via stairs. Two stairs lead down to the Museum courtyard.
A 9 % slope leads up to the main entrance. The Axes in the Libeskind Building have slopes between 2.65 % (to the stairs) and 3.9 % (to the Holocaust Tower). The incline on the sides is 1.5 % maximum.
There is a parking space for visitors in possession of a disabled badge directly in front of the Museum entrance.
The Jewish Museum has two disabled bathrooms: one is situated at the back of the entrance area, the other in the basement of the Libeskind Building.
Snack Bar, Lunch Buffet and Dishes √† la Carte
The restaurant is open from tuesday through sunday 10 am-8 pm and on mondays 10 am-10 pm.
The restaurant Liebermanns is located directly in the Jewish Museum Berlin and is open to both visitors of the museum and external restaurant patrons.
The aromatic cuisine of Liebermanns depicts a creative new direction in traditional Jewish cuisine. While the kashrut is generally respected, omitting pork, shellfish and crustaceans, meals are not kosher. Liebermanns offers international Jewish specialities as well as Mediterranean delicacies daily. It is also the place for a quick snack between two exhibition sections or a relaxing coffee break with home...+ [ Read all ]
Museum internal and external photos (5)
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News and events
Cultural Summer 2007
We invite you to come and enjoy our 5th summer program in the spacious Museum Garden from June to September. A diverse program combines culture with relaxation - how about an al fresco jazz concert or a reading from the comfort of a deck chair?
Designed by the architect Hans Kollhoff, the Museum Garden is a surprisingly quiet oasis in the hustle and bustle of the metropolis and well worth a visit, particularly in the summer months.
New additions to the Museum Garden this summer are a crazy golf course and open-air cinema on Thursdays.
On Saturday 18 November 2006, the Jewish Museum Berlin proudly presented Daniel Barenboim and Helmut Panke with the Jewish Museum "Award for Understanding and Tolerance." The Museum presents this award annually to individuals who have promoted tolerance and understanding in an exceptional way. The presentation of the award took place as part of a gala celebration held at the Jewish Museum Berlin at which the Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel, held the laudation for the BMW manager Helmut Panke. Former Federal President, Richard von Weizs√§cker, delivered the speech honoring the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim.
Daniel Barenboim, General Music Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden was honored for his commitment to promoting international understanding and his courageous efforts towards reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. In founding the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim and the now deceased Palestinian literary scholar, Edward Said, created a unique institution which enables young people from Israel and the Arab States to overcome the boundaries separating them through the mutual love of music.
Helmut Panke was Chair of BMW AG Board until recently ‚Äď a business personality who is strongly committed to meeting the challenges posed by society. This multi-facetted commitment focuses on numerous projects, exchange and training programs for children and young people against hostility towards strangers and violence. Intercultural learning and respect and tolerance in dealing with different cultures and religions form the basis of these projects.
The presentation of the award took place within the framework...+ [ Read all ]
The Jewish Museum Berlin offers tours of the museum for visitors of all ages in various languages, including sign language for the hearing impaired. You can take part on one of our regular public tours or book a special group tour. Well-informed tour guides engage the visitors in a wide variety of topics and offer them the possibility of dialogue and discussion.
As a museum and an educational institution, we see the relaying of German-Jewish history to pupils of all ages and from all types of school as an important task. Our extensive educational program is diverse, ranging from interactive tours through the permanent and temporary exhibitions to activity-based workshops lasting several hours. Over 50,000 school pupils enjoy our program each year and experience that German-Jewish history and culture can provide interesting insight into their own environment.
You will find our program for school pupils on this page and as a teacher can download teaching aids and worksheets.
WORKSHEETS FOR PUPILS
These worksheets enable school pupils to independently explore specific themes in the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin. They therefore make acquiring a well-founded, basic understanding of German-Jewish history possible through inquiring learning.
The activity-based visit to the Museum provides school pupils with the opportunity to establish connections between the content of the exhibition and their own reality, to identify with the topic in hand, and to heighten their awareness of societal and historical-political issues.
The handouts provide detailed information for teachers on the segment in question, task suggestions for pupils during their visit to the Museum, and potential educational objectives. We are grateful for any feedback as this enables us to extend our program and adapt it to address our visitors' needs. We wish teachers and pupils much fun exploring our manifold themes and look forward to welcoming you at the Museum!
Please note that the worksheets are only available in Ge...+ [ Read all ]
Children's Program at the Jewish Museum Berlin in May and June 2007
The Jewish Museum's educational program has much to offer children in May and June too. On the "Halakah and Plaited Loaves" tour, children have much fun learning about Jewish traditions while "The Crazy Crooked House. Daniel Libeskind for Children" is all about the Museum architecture.
Halakah and Plaited Loaves √Ę‚ā¨‚Äú Jewish Traditions
A Tour for Children from 5 to 11 Years
On this stroll through the exhibition, we look at Jewish traditions from kashrut (dietary laws) to the Shabbat and how they have changed in the course of the centuries. We have fun experiencing how it feels to wear a kippah, the traditional skullcap worn by religious Jews, admire a real scroll, and sniff a besamin box full of spices.
When: first Sunday of the month: 6 May and 3 June at 11 am
Duration: approx. 1 hr
Cost: 3 euros including admission
Please gather at the Meeting Point in the Museum lobby
The Crazy Crooked House. Daniel Libeskind for Children
A Tour for Children from 5 to 11 Years
Why are the walls here at a slant? Why are the windows slits? Why does the staircase lead to nowhere? Which direction do balls roll in the underground Axes? Why are there no flowers blossoming in the garden? Tailored to our age group, we young visitors receive a fun introduction to the architecture of Daniel Libeskind. Afterwards building blocks, cardboard, paper, and other handicraft materials are made available to us to design our very own crazy fantasy house.
When: third Sunday of the month: 20 May and 17 June at 11 am
Duration: approx. 2 hrs
Cost: 3 euros including admission
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New in the Learning Center of the Jewish Museum Berlin
"Eastern Jews in Germany"
"Eastern Jews in Germany" is the title of the new multimedia story available to visitors to the Jewish Museum Berlin at the Rafael Roth Learning Center. It narrates how the eastern European Jews emigrated to Germany in the era of the Empire and the early years of the Weimar Republic.
Over 250 pictures, documents, animated maps, and text and music excerpts illustrate the diverse stories of Jewish immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Galicia, who managed to build new lives in Germany despite all manner of difficulties. The reaction of the German Jews to the eastern Jewish immigrants and the stance adopted by German politics towards them are also described.
Escape from Hardship, Exclusion, and Persecution
From the end of the 19th century, more and more Jews from Russia and Galicia emigrated to western Europe and the United States. Business problems, legal discrimination, and fear of persecution were the primary reasons that drove them to leave their homelands.
For most of them, Germany was just a transit stop on their way overseas. Around 80,000 eastern European Jews settled in Germany where they found business and career opportunities their homelands could not offer them. However as foreigners and Jews, they came up against deep-seated prejudice which determined their daily lives.
The "Gesellschaft der Freunde und F√∂rderer der Stiftung J√ľdisches Museum Berlin e.V." was founded in the summer of 2001 and, with its five different kinds of sponsor and graduated membership subscriptions, has a finely balanced program of services and offers: the spectrum of privileges ranges from free admission to an invitation to a gala dinner, from special guided tours to exclusive cultural events for invited guests and preferential terms for renting space.
The Jewish Museum also provides corporations and medium-sized businesses with a platform for individual concepts on the basis of sponsorship. In the spirit of partnership new projects and forms of co-operation can be developed jointly or existing ones realized.
The Museum's in-house development department organizes and co-ordinates ...+ [ Read all ]
Sponsors of the Presidents¬ī Circle
The Jewish Museum thanks its Sponsors and Donors
Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin
Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung
The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation
Verm√§chtnis Felix Simmenauer
in Erinnerung an seine Eltern Selma und Heinrich Simmenauer
The Eric F. Ross Foundation
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Dieter und Si Rosenkranz
Verm√§chtnis Erna Proskauer
Oracle Deutschland GmbH
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG)
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Hitachi Sales Europe GmbH
Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie.
Grand Hotel Esplanade
Str√∂er Out-of-Home Media GmbH
Axel Springer Verlag AG
Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc.
Verm√§chtnis Judith Helfer
Verm√§chtnis Ralph H. Burack