Past Exhibitions

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.


10. Mai bis 08. September 2013 geraubt und genutzt. Bücher von verfolgten und ermordeten Juden in Berliner Bibliotheken

geraubt und genutzt. Bücher von verfolgten und ermordeten Juden in Berliner Bibliotheken

Eine Ausstellung der Zentral- und Landesbibliothek und des Centrum Judaicum im Repräsentantensaal der Neuen Synagoge Berlin

vom 10. Mai bis 25. August 2013

In deutschen Bibliotheken befinden sich noch immer Bücher, die ihren Eigentümern während der NS-Herrschaft geraubt wurden.

Das Thema NS-Raubgut wird in der öffentlichen Diskussion meist nur mit Rückgaben von wertvollen Gemälden in Verbindung gebracht. Geraubte Bücher hingegen scheinen wertlos – für die Beraubten und deren Familien sind sie jedoch unersetzliche, ja unschätzbare wertvolle Erinnerungsstücke.


Temporäre Ausstellungen im Themenjahr 2013 “Zerstörte Vielfalt – Berlin 1933 – 1938 -1945

The Yellow Ticket. Traffic in Girls 1860-1930

08/19/2012 – 12/30/2012

An exhibition by the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation and the German Emigration Center Bremerhaven. The project has been made possible by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation: 19 August 2012 – 30 December 2012

The German Emigration Center Bremerhaven: 27 August 2012 – 28 February 2013

Berlin/Bremerhaven, 12.07.2012 – Millions of girls and young women left Europe and their homes in the late 1890s and early 1900s. They journeyed from Hesse to California, from Russia to New York or from Galicia to Buenos Aires in the hope of improving their fortune and creating a new existence for themselves. For tens of thousands this path led to prostitution.


Moses Mendelssohn: Friends, Foes and Family

26/11/2012 – 07/04/2013

Moses Mendelssohn, known as the “German Philosopher” was a controversial personality in recent Jewish history over whom the opinions continue to differ.

Scholars of his day concerned about their reputation lost no opportunity to make Mendelssohn’s acquaintance or to correspond with him. Mendelssohn was admired as a universal scholar, who lived as an Orthodox Jew, yet strived to raise Jewish traditions to the level of the enlightened times. However the picture of Mendelssohn’s friends and supporters would not be complete without mentioning his staunch adversaries who, in terms of their motives and aims, could not be less contrary.  Using selected display items, the Centrum Judaicum exhibition throws light on Moses Mendelssohn’s fascinating personality as well as his impact. The exhibition not only presents Mendelssohn’s admirers in the bourgeoisie and aristocratic circles, but also considers the conflicting tendencies of his Jewish critics. These critics regarded him with contempt as the gravedigger of traditional Judaism, its identity and moral concepts.


“Mir bleibt keine andere Wahl.” Eine Ausstellung zum 100. Geburtstag von Raoul Wallenberg

Synagogen und Tempel – 200 Jahre jüdische Reformbewegung und ihre Architektur”

“Kulmhof – das unbekannte Vernichtungslager”

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