E_statisches Bild der interaktiven Figur »Changeling«
Exhibition wall with a picture of Heinrich Heine
Exhibition panel "Baptized and it doesn't help me" in the permanent exhibition
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Volker Kreidler

Emancipation and Reform

German Jews in the Nineteenth Century

For German Jews, the formative developments of the nineteenth century included Jewish emancipation, the socialist movement, the idea of the nation, and political anti-Semitism.

Industrialization created new opportunities for social mobility, and a German-Jewish middle class emerged. But how could Jews integrate into German society and still remain Jewish?

This tour discusses different blueprints for German-Jewish identity: some Jews, like Heinrich Heine, succumbed to the pressure of their Christian environment and converted to Christianity. Others became champions of the political left—they included both Ferdinand Lassalle, who wanted to overcome discrimination with his vision of a more just society, and Karl Marx, who viewed religion as the "opium of the masses." Many, like Theodor Herzl, were drawn to the Zionist movement, and numerous patriotic Jews hoped to gain recognition by serving their German fatherland.


Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstr. 9-14
10969 Berlin


Grades 9 to 13

Number of participants

Max. of 15 participants


1 hour


30 euros (including admission)

Educational method


Please note

Once an appointment has been made, an interpreter of German Sign Language may be made available.


Education Department
Tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 305
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
E-mail: groups[at]jmberlin.de

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