Alongside the presentation of objects, art installations, hands-on stations, and virtual reality over two levels await visitors. The wealth of the museum’s own collection has a greater emphasis than before – more than 70 percent of the over 1000 objects are from the museum’s own holdings. The restorers have been busy preparing objects for the exhibition over the past months to let them shine in a new light.
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. - JMBerlin