Current Exhibitions

FAMILY BUSINESS
Remembering as artistic motif / motive
22. January – 29. March 2020

Opening: Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 6 p.m.
(free admission, until 7.30 pm)

  • Welcome: Dr. Anja Siegemund, director The New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum
  • Greetings: Gerry Woop, State Secretary for Europe, Berlin
  • Opening speech: Dr. Eckhart J. Gillen, art historian and curator, Berlin
  • Text performance: Arnold Dreyblatt, artist, Berlin

 

“I knew it was my job to do something to ensure that this vanished world would not fall completely into oblivion,” wrote Roman Vishniac in the foreword to his photo book A Vanished World (New York 1983). How much unconscious, unknown do we carry – personally or collectively – on our inner shoulders through time? How many of these voids could, once torn from oblivion, evolve into learning opportunities of communication? How is the past present in the present and how does it influence us?

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Expelled! Berlin, 28 October 1938.
The history of the “Polenaktion”
8 July – 28 February 2019

As part of the “Polenaktion”, the National Socialists arrested approximately 17,000 Jews on 28 and 29 October 1938 and had them deported to neighboring Poland because they were Polish citizens. In Berlin, more than 1,500 Jewish residents were arrested in their flats or on the street and transported to the German-Polish border.

Most of them were forced to march across the border to the town of Zbąszyń (Bentschen). Mote than 8,000 expelled Jews arrived in this town on 28 and 29 October. They lived in improvised emergency housing in Zbąszyń for up to ten months. Some where permitted to return to the Reich; others were able to immigrate to other countries or to travel to relatives living elsewhere in Poland. After the German invasion of Poland, however, they too fell into the clutches of the occupiers. Many were murdered in the ghettos and camps.

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