March 23, 2012
July 15, 2012
As a hub connecting East and West, Berlin was a place of refuge and a way station for tens of thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe starting in the late nineteenth century, and particularly after the First World War. Most of them were fleeing westwards, away from the war, revolution and pogroms of the former Russian Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy.
With its multilingualism and complex internal networks, the community of Eastern European immigrants brought about a heyday of Jewish culture in Berlin. Many of the poor Jewish immigrants lived in the Scheunenviertel area near Alexanderplatz, others in middle-class Charlottenburg, a district of the city referred to as "Charlottengrad" on account of the high proportion of Russians who lived there.
This cultural-historical exhibition focuses on the diverse worlds of Eastern European Jews in Berlin of the Weimar Republic, and presents a wealth of unknown materials: literary and autobiographic texts can be heard in their original languages (Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew and German), largely unknown photographs of the Scheunenviertel are subject to critical analysis and newly interpreted. A cycle of pogrom images by Issachar Ber Ryback is on display in Berlin for the first time since 1924. His avant-garde watercolours join in dialogue with Leonid Pasternak's paintings and Naum Gabo's sculptures.
The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the research project "Charlottengrad and Scheunenviertel: Jewish Immigrants from Eastern Europe in Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s" at the Eastern Europe Institute of the Free University of Berlin.
In the exhibition's epilogue, visitors are invited to trace and visit largely forgotten places associated with the Eastern European Jews in Berlin.
- Berlin Transit
- Event type
- March 23, 2012 - July 15, 2012
Fees & Opening Hours
- 10:00 - 22:00
- 10:00 - 20:00
- Creative Sector
- Fine Art