Past Exhibitions

In Search of a Lost Collection – The Berlin Jewish Museum (1933-1938)

09/10/2011 – 12/30/2011

On January 24, 1933 the Berlin Jewish Museum opened at Oranienburger Straße 31, next to the New Synagogue. It was the first Jewish Museum in the world to focus and exhibit not only on art and artifacts relating to Jewish history, but also works of modern Jewish art. Only one week later the National Socialists came to power, bringing about the brutal exclusion of the Jews from German culture and society. Despite adverse conditions, the Jewish Museum had an enormous effect on the Jewish community. In the five years that it was open, the museum held a series of important exhibitions that were unique in Germany at the time and built an extraordinary collection including works from Max Liebermann, Moritz Oppenheim, Lesser Ury and Marc Chagall. On November 10, 1938, the Berlin Jewish Museum was forcibly closed, and the entire museum inventory was confiscated.


»BERLIN-МИНСК. Unvergessene Lebensgeschichten «

(Deutsch) “Fräulein Rabbiner Jonas” – 75 Jahre Ordination zur Rabbinerin

Aliza Auerbach – Photographs

08/30/2010 – 02/27/2011

Überlebende – Survivors – Nitzulim

They came ‘from there’ and only narrowly escaped the Nazi death machine – the Holocaust survivors of the many countries of Europe and North Africa. They were all young and decided to live in Israel after liberation. In Israel they started families and built their lives anew.

Today they are old – many are great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers. The photographer Aliza Auerbach visited them and photographed them as individuals and couples. The survivors told her their personal stories, all of which are shaped by experiences of loss, humiliation, and hunger, by the struggle for survival in the camps and the death of their closest relatives. In the end, though, the survivors remained convinced that the best answer to Hitler’s attempt at extermination was to start their own families, sometimes acting as the only survivors of families that had existed before the war, thereby manifesting their will to survive and the miracle of continuity.


(Deutsch) One room of memories

(Deutsch) Das Verhängnis der Mark Brandenburg – der Berliner Hostienschändungsprozess von 1510

From the Bosporus to the Spree: Turkish Jews in Berlin

02/04/2010 – 08/15/2010

With Berlin’s development into a metropolis in the 19th century, more and more Jews began to establish themselves here. Since 1890, Jews from the Ottoman Empire were among the new immigrants, most of them coming from the area that would later become Turkey. Germany and Turkey had a good political and economic relationship and both countries supported an exchange of immigrants.

Around 1920 approximately 500 Jews of Turkish citizenship lived in Berlin – they had already founded their synagogue in 1911, which observed the religious traditions of the Jews of Spanish heritage. The Centrum Judaicum follows the lives of a selection of Turkish Jews in Berlin in this exhibition.


…through the official channel. The persecution of civil servants, emplyees, and workers of the City of Berlin between 1993 and 1945

01/20/2010 – 03/31/2010

The City of Berlin was, with some 100,000 workers, in 1933 the largest employer in the capital city. Directly after the Nazi Party seized power and in the years that followed, unwanted employees – particularly Jews, Social Democrats, and Communists in central and local administrations and the many city offices – were let go or forced to retire. This often had fatal consequences for those affected and their families. In the Nazi lexicon this was called ‘the work of cleaning up’. The positions that were freed up in this was were then generally given to ‘old warriors’ of the Nazi Party.


Lotte Cohn – Pioneer Woman Architect in Israel

08/29/2009 – 10/18/2009

“My work was, and remains to the present day, in the literal sense that which was known at the time by the catchphrase: Bnjan Haarez (the construction of the country).” Lotte Cohn

Lotte Cohn (1893-1983) was a pioneer. Born in Berlin, she was one of the first women to graduate in architecture from the TH Charlottenburg (later: Technical University of Berlin). Her career path – at the time untypical for a woman – made her also a pioneer of the avant-garde in her profession.


Heinz Koppel

08/29/2009 – 01/15/2010

The Berlin-born artist Heinz Koppel was one of a number of German-Jewish artists who, having fled Germany for Great Britain in the 1930s, brought with them the “continental” Expressionist and Surrealist-oriented tendencies of the 1920s and thereby exerted a significant influence on the British art scene.

New: Every Sunday, from 15th November until 13th December 2009, the Centrum Judaicum is offering a guided tour – “Who is Heinz Koppel?” – with Anna Canby Monk, head of the Heinz Koppel exhibitions office. The tour is in German. English-language tours can be booked in advance. For more information or to make a booking please contact:


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