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Archive Workshop in the Jewish Museum Berlin
© Jewish Museum Berlin, Ingo Drumm/ Nadja Rentzsch

Archive Workshop

How does an object make it into the Museum?

Numerous collections of individuals and families are kept in the Jewish Museum Berlin archive. Certificates, letters, manuscripts, photographs, and everyday objects from work and home tell of the lives and fates of the German Jews.

Guided by museum educators, the young people will explore themes such as emigration or daily life under the Nazis using archival material. Writing explanatory texts on the findings and making suggestions as to how they should be exhibited will be part of the presentations, thus offering insight into museum work as a profession.

Working with original materials makes this dip into the history and culture of German Jews a deeply personal one that goes far beyond the general historical context. A theme-oriented tour can be added to the workshop on request.

Between April and July 2015, eyewitnesses and others will travel here from the United States and England.

We are expecting Herta Weinstein, who was born in Vienna in 1927 and attended elementary school and state high school there. After the annexation of Austria in March 1938, she had to change to a Jewish school. During the November pogroms, her father was arrested and interned in Vienna. Herta escaped on a Kindertransport to the UK in February 1939. A few months later, in May 1939, her parents also succeeded in fleeing on the refugee ship “St. Louis” headed for Cuba. Upon arrival in Havana, however, the ship was not permitted to dock at the port. Since both Canada and the US refused the refugees entry, the “St. Louis” had to return to Europe. Fortunately, Herta’s parents were permitted entry to England. In November 1940, the reunited family immigrated to the USA.

The workshop is sponsored by the foundation “Remembrance - Responsibility - Future.”

Those who want to learn more about the Jewish Museum Berlin archive will find it presented in detail in the website area “Museum on Site.”


April to July 2015


Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin


Grades 9 to 13

Number of participants

10 to a maximum of 20 pupils


5 hours (including break)


70 euros (including admission)


Also suitable for teachers and trainee teachers

Educational method

Project work

Please note

The workshop will take place in German. A preliminary talk with the group leader is necessary for preparation of the workshop.


Fabian Schnedler
Tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 430
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
E-mail: f.schnedler[at]jmberlin.de

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