Current Exhibitions

EMOP-European Month of Photography
ROMAN VISHNIAC
Ein Bild aus Zbąszyń, November 1938
An Image that saved Life
11.10.2018 – 31.12.2018

An Installation for the exhibition „Expelled! Berlin, 28 October 1038“.
The History of the „Polish Action,“ Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin – Centrum Judaicum.

Lying on a cot within a detention camp, a girl of German-residing Jewish Polish nationals,
who, on October 28 th, 1938, were deported by German authorities to Zbacyzn,
a Polish border town where they became stranded.

Over fourty years later. In 1983, New York Bronx-resident Netti Kranz discovers this image-and thus herself, as eleven-year-old girl Netti Stub- in Roman Vishinac `s book „A Vanished World“ (1984).

Es war einmal in Jerusalem.
A Very Personal View. Zeichnungen / Drawings
Gabriella Rosenthal
Palestine-Israel, 1938-1955
10.10.2018 – 27.03.2019

Gabriella Rosenthal (1913-1975), mother of Rabbi Dr. h.c. Tovia Ben-Chorin,
was born in Munich, 
Germany and emigrated to British Mandatory
Palestine in 1935 (since 1948, the State of Israel) where she lived until her death.

Her work, in watercolor and ink, includes both straightforward illustrations and
caricatures, which vividly and 
humorously reflect the multicultural daily life of
the many different ethnic groups in the Holy 
Land at that time.

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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