- View of the city of Valparaiso in 1963, when the Simon family returned to Germany
© Jewish Museum Berlin, gift of Herbert and Elisabeth Simon
"Forced into Exile"
Drama Workshop on Emigration
As an introduction to the topic, participants are shown keepsakes of the Simon family, who left Germany in 1939 aboard the ocean liner "Imperial" heading for Chile. These objects illustrate the plight of Jews in Germany in the 1930s as well as the conditions and opportunities for emigration.
Via the "Axis of Exile," participants proceed to the "Garden of Exile" in the basement of the Libeskind building: the labyrinthine arrangement of cement steles here conveys the lack of orientation and uprooted existences of those in exile. This physical experience is the prelude to a staged play in which the participants develop fictive situations based on historical reality.
At the theatre workshop "Forced into Exile," participants explore the issue of emigration through acting. The workshop combines theoretical and emotional learning.
Would you like to learn more about emigration and exile? Click here to visit "Home and Exile," a special website of the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Jewish Museum Berlin
Grades 9 to 13
Number of participants
Max. of 15 participants
50 euros (including admission)
In German and English
Tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 437
Please wear comfortable clothes.