jewish life in germany

Jewish Life in Germany. Past and Present.

New core exhibition presents Jewish history and culture in Germany, covering an area of over 3,500 square meters.

Start with a video installation in the Libeskind Building “Drummerrsss”. It is the prelude to walking through the axes and ascending the impressive staircase to the exhibition rooms, where a sculpturally designed welcome point invites visitors to engage.

Discover historical narrative with insights into Jewish culture and religion: What is sacred in Judaism? What happens on the Shabbat? What is the sound of Judaism?

The exhibition is divided into five historical chapters spanning from the beginnings of Jewish life in Ashkenaz, through the emancipation movement, the Enlightenment, and its failure, to the present. The largest space is dedicated to National Socialism and the chapter After 1945, where topics such as restitution and reparation, the relationship to Israel and Russian-speaking immigration from 1990 onwards are the central themes. As a “final chorus,” the video installation Mesubin (The Gathered) brings the polyphony of contemporary Jewish together.

Libeskind Building
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin