In the Jewish Museum Archive with Eyewitnesses of History
Workshop for School Classes
This workshop is designed for students aged 14 and older and focuses on work with original documents from the Jewish Museum’s Archive and encounters with people who grew up in Nazi Germany.
A wide range of documents provides insight into the lives and fates of German Jews. They include a 1931 wedding invitation, report cards issued by a private Jewish school in the 1930s, and a final farewell in a Red Cross letter sent in 1942, just before the writer was deported.
Working in small groups, the students identify the dominant themes in the lives of people who lived in this period and have donated objects to the museum. Members of the Archive staff supervise the work with the historical sources, showing students how they can be read and analyzed. Discussions with people who have witnessed historical events provide the young people with a personal and direct experience of history.
In spring and summer 2016, a new group of historical witnesses will be visiting museum from the United States, England, Israel, and Switzerland.
They include Kurt Roberg, who was born in Celle in 1924. After the November Pogrom of 1938, Roberg immigrated to the Netherlands to live with relatives and was soon joined there by his parents. Although his parents continued on to the United States with his brother in April 1940, Roberg remained in Rotterdam, where he survived the devastating bombing of the city the following month.
Roberg traveled to Berlin in March 1941 and eventually escaped to the United States via Lisbon. He joined the American Army in 1943 and after the war worked in a wholesale photo supply company. He currently lives in New Jersey.
The workshop is supported by the Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future Foundation.
30 euros (including admission; one chaperon free of charge)
Für die Vorbereitung des Workshops ist ein Vorgespräch mit dem*der Leiter*in der Gruppe erforderlich.
14 and older
Meet an eyewitness to history