Past Exhibitions

Moments in a Singular Relationship – Fifty Years of German-Israeli Relations
19. October to 05. November 2015 in Bundespresseamt

Scienitfic Direction Chana Schütz and Hermann Simon
Curated by Chana Schütz, Anna Fischer und Stephan M. Kummer

accompanying publication

12 May sees the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel. To mark the occasion, the Federal Foreign Office and the Centrum Judaicum are presenting an exhibition showing the highlights of bilateral relations between Germany and Israel over five decades.

The exhibition focuses on the following themes: Beginnings, Historical Responsibility, “The Games must go on”, Shared values, Partnerships and Homelands.


07.09.2014 -26.04.2015
Kurt Jacobowitz Jasen
The life of a German-American

Jasen-TitelD-Day: On 6th June 1944, the Allies land in Normandy and the final fight to liberate Europe from fascism begins. Among them is Dr. Kurt Jasen from New York. He was formerly called Dr. Kurt Jacobowitz and in 1938 he managed to flee Berlin. As an American citizen, he now wishes to make his own contribution towards defeating Hitler’s Germany. In the summer of 1945, Jasen returns to Berlin as a soldier in the occupying army. However, the city doesn’t feel like home for him anymore and in the autumn of 1945 he returns to New York. Jasen’s family from New York donated Kurt Jasen’s army uniform to the Centrum Judaicum in 2013 and his army trunk. Along with family photos and documents, these bear witness to the transformation of German-Jewish traditions in the New World. In cooperation with Handelsverband Berlin-Brandenburg.


19.August 2014 bis 31.August 2014
Jewish Child Survivors – Lost Childhood


Verlängert bis zum 19.01.2015
11.09.2014 – 16.11.2014
Gisi Fleischmann (1892 – 1944)
ein jüdisches Schicksal aus Bratislava

Flyer ausstellungseröffnung

28.04.2014 – 31.08.2014
Left Standing Among the Ruins
Destroyed Synagogues in Post-War Berlin

28. April – 31. August 2014
»Alles brannte« – Jüdisches Leben und seine Zerstörung in den preußischen Provinzen Hannover und Ostpreußen

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18.11.2013 – 03.08.2014
From the Inside to the Outside

18.11.2013 – 03.08.2014From the Inside to the Outside

18.08.2013 – 02.03.2014
Stay?! Jews in Berlin after the Liberation

18.08.2013 – 02.03.2014  Stay?! Jews in Berlin after the Liberation

08.11.2013 – 02.03.2014
Left Standing Among the Ruins
Destroyed Synagogues in Post-War Berlin
Open-Air Exhibition

Ausstellung_Was stehen blieb_Foto Anna Fischer©Centrum Judaicum

Left Standing Among the Ruins – Destroyed Synagogues in Post-war Berlin

A joint exhibition by the Jewish Community of Berlin and the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation for this year’s theme, “Diversity—Destroyed”.

On the night of November 9th, 1938, terror reigned over Berlin. Synagogues burned, Jews were arrested and deported to concentration camps, Jewish shops were smashed and plundered. It was clear to everyone that Jews would enjoy neither justice nor security under state law. The only other option was to leave Germany as quickly as possible. But the path towards freedom was obstructed for many; thus, more than 54,000 Berlin Jews were victims of the Nazi death-machine. The few who survived, having been liberated by the Soviet Army in May of 1945, gathered in and around the city’s destroyed synagogues.


15. – 17. 09.2013: KEEP ME IN MIND

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A dialogical journey through European history

Who will talk about the Shoah when all of the survivors of the Holocaust have passed away? Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, this project attempts to find a new form of presentation, featuring the life stories of seven survivors in a performance. The artistic director Christina Friedrich spent one and a half years working with the Holocaust survivors Miriam Kremin, Leakadia Szlak, Siegfried Teller, Benjamin Ginzburg, Josef Künstlich, Sara Zamir and Ester Liber. During her time with them, she succeeded in “salvaging” their stories in the form of drawings. When words no longer sufficed, when the trauma was too close to the surface, she encouraged the participants to draw. Each of the seven witnesses placed their pictures along with personal items, mementos and photos from family albums into a “Box of Life”, which will serve as the central requisite of the performance. The actors, who are familiar with the life stories of these survivors, act as “messengers”. They tell the stories of the personal items and drawings which were placed inside each “Box of Life”. The items speak volumes of history. The listeners take envelopes containing the drawings and become messengers themselves. 
The survivors attended the opening performance in Haifa in November. The European premiere will take place at the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin in autumn 2013. The performance will then tour to Vilnius, Brussels, Warsaw and Marseille – locations that have played an important role in the life stories of the survivors. A new ensemble of messengers will be put together at each new venue and shall spread the survivors’ stories throughout the world.


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