Past Exhibitions

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:


Forgotten Records

07/05/2009 – 08/22/2009

Jewish Female Athletes in Germany (1920-1938)

In the exhibition ‘Forgotten Records’, which will be presented from June 22 – August 23, 2009 at the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin on the occasion of the 2009 Athletic World Championship, the biographies of three exceptional Jewish talents – Lilli Henoch (Berliner SC), Gretl Bergmann (Schild Stuttgart), and Martha Jacob (SC Charlottenburg) – stand in the foreground.

In this exhibition athletic successes are remembered which today are mostly ‘forgotten records’ that nevertheless reflect the heyday of Jewish Sport in Germany. The fate of the three athletes illustrates the systematic destruction and persecution of Jewish lives in athletics during the Nazi regime.


Field Rabbis of the German Armed Forces in the First World War

07/05/2009 – 08/29/2009

Field rabbis reflected the presence of German-Jewish soldiers on the front during the First World War. Next to the Protestant and Catholic field clergy, a Jewish component was also institutionalized. Jewish communities and organizations joined together in the hope of gaining increased recognition for the Jewish people and their religion from the surrounding community.

Synagogenbauten in Polen

11/13/2008 – 03/02/2009

Wojciech Wilczyk, “Czy tu byla synagoga?”

Yeckes: German Speaking Jews in Israel

10/13/2008 – 12/30/2008

An exhibition on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. From the Museum of German-Speaking Jews – Cultural Center of the Jeckes, Tefen, Israel and the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation.

The Yeckes, German-speaking immigrants who came to the British Mandate of Palestine during the years 1933-1939 as refugees from Nazi Germany, played a fundamental role in building the state of Israel as a modern democracy. Many came not because they believed strongly in Zionism; in fact, the opposite was often true. Sometimes they were mocked because they came from Germany. They had middle-class professions – they were doctors, teachers, civil servants, lawyers, and architects. Now they had to start anew, often unable to continue working in the professions for which they had studied, in order to make a living for themselves and their families. Still, they brought with them to the Land of Israel their experiences, education, and the culture of the Weimar Republic. Together with others they laid the foundation for a Jewish State: in economics and public administration, in the legal system, in architecture, in medicine and in art.


“It´s Burning!”

08/16/2008 – 01/02/2009

Anti-Jewish Terror in November 1938

2008 is the 70th anniversary of the anti-Jewish terror ignited by the Nazis in November 1938. From November 6, 2008 on, this exhibition will present little-known photographs from 1938 and 1939. Among them are those that were used as proof in the post-war judicial proceedings. They illustrate the significance of violence and public humiliation of Jews in the German Reich. The exhibition also refers back to the room in which it is shown. The entrance hall of the New Synagogue was a place for the worshippers to exchange greetings and chat before and after services. The exhibition makes – in a non-literal sense – their voices once again audible: Audio-stations present early biographical witnesses to the experiences of German Jews in November 1938.


Silenced Voices

05/18/2008 – 07/04/2008

The National Opera Unter den Linden and the Foundation for the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum present an exhibition on the expulsion of Jewish and ‘foreign’ artists from the Opera between 1933 and 1945. From May 18 – July 4, 2008 the National Opera Unter den Linden, together with the Centrum Judaicum and Against Forgetting – For Democracy e.V., presents the exhibition “Silenced Voices: the Expulsion of the ‘Jews’ out of the Opera between 1933 and 1945.”


Between Staying and Going

Jews in East Germany between 1945 and 1956 – Ten BiographiesThe few surviving Jews who ended up in Germany’s post-war Soviet occupation zone and in the Soviet sector of Berlin were caught, shortly after their liberation, between the fronts of the Cold War. The fact that they were survivors of Nazi persecution was often met with mistrust. They were perceived, due to their demands for compensation, their activism for the State of Israel, and their ‘bourgeois’ (in the eyes of the Soviet occupiers and the SED-Leadership) way of life, as foreign or even ‘enemy elements’. With the division of Germany and Stalin’s purges in Eastern Europe, which culminated in anti-Semitic criminal proceedings, it was not only the Communists of Jewish heritage who became the targets of particular hostility. The Jewish communities were seen more and more frequently as centers of western or Israeli agents. Community members as well as Jewish Communists were kept under surveillance by the Stasi as ‘Jewish Nationalists’. With the flight of hundreds of Jews out of the GDR at the beginning of 1953, the Jewish communities of the GDR lost a large part of their autonomy. The exhibition documents, with the help of the stories of ten individuals, the spectrum of political repression in East Germany which, in the context of the Cold War, served massive anti-Jewish prejudices.


Forced Labor and the NDH (Nezavisna Država Hrvatska – Independent State of Croatia) 1941-1945

12/13/2007 – 03/16/2008

Exhibition on forced labor under the ‘Independent State of Croatia’ in Croatia and Bosnia.

Some 220,000 people from Croatia and Bosnia – Jews and non-Jews alike – were made to perform forced labor during the Second World War. Croatians, Germans, Austrians, and Serbians created a forced labor network which generally resulted in the death of its victims.

The Centrum Judaicum presents this exhibition in collaboration with the Historical Office ‘Culture and More’ Munich, the Croatian National Archive, and the Organization of Anti-Fascists (both from Zagreb). Never-seen-before photos, documents, and interviews with witnesses are shown as part of the exhibition.


Where is Lvov?

10/01/2007 – 05/30/2008

Lvov, Lemberg, Lviv – for centuries people of different cultures and ethnicities lived together in this city, mostly in peace. This city, on the threshold between East and West, was an important center of European Judaism, often a haven for those fleeing anti-Semitic persecution, or the confinement of the Galician Shtetl. Jewish culture could develop here outside of ghettoization and exclusion – until the Second World War and Nazism brutally brought this lively and incredibly active city to its end.


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