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Showcase Exhibition

"I Want to get my Fingers Burnt"
The Journalist Theodor Wolff (1868-1943)

Theodor Wolff

Lotte Jacobi, Portrait of Theodor Wolff (1868-1943), Berlin ca. 1930, © Jüdisches Museum Berlin

Theodor Wolff

Theodor Wolff in Nice, ca. 1935-1940 © B. Sösemann

Family Wolff

Wolff and his family with Gerhard Hauptmann. ca. 1920, © B. Sösemann Last row: Theodor Wolff (middle), his wife Aenne and Gerhart Hauptmann (right). Front row: Wolff's daughter Lilly (middle), younger son Rudolf (right) and the oldest, Richard (left).

Sign "Berliner Tageblatt"

Advertisment for the Berliner Tageblatt, Berlin, ca. 1905


Front-page article "Gegen Diktatur – für Freiheit!" (Against Dictatorship - for Freedom!) in the Berliner Tageblatt on 31 Juli 1932


Front-page article "Geht hin und wählt!" (Go and Vote!) in the Berliner Tageblatt on 5 March 1933

Front-page article "Geht hin und wählt!" (Go and Vote!) in the Berliner Tageblatt on 5 March 1933

"Theodor Wolff is one of Germany’s most versatile and at the same time most profound and sharp political journalists," contemporaries marvelled at the brilliant columnist and legendary chief editor of the "Berliner Tageblatt." As a controversial Democrat, Wolff was an early target of the Nazis and was eventually imprisoned at a concentration camp, dying in 1943. The showcase exhibition tells his story. Organized in collaboration with the Federal Association of German Newspaper Editors, the opening of the cabinet exhibition marks the awarding of the prestigious journalists’ prize of the German newspapers – the Theodor Wolff Prize – which takes place on the same evening in Berlin.

The cabinet exhibition traces an arc from Theodor Wolff’s childhood and family life through his journalistic career and political endeavors to his exile and persecution after 1933. It thus also reflects political developments throughout the German Empire, the Weimar Republic and the Nazi era, about which Theodor Wolff always made sharp-tongued observations. Documents, private and professional correspondence, photographs, newspaper and magazine cuttings, books, and items such as Meißner porcelain from the Wolff family home are on show.

The life of Theodor Wolff


2 September 2009 to 31 January 2010


Rafael Roth Learning Center in the permanent exhibition


with the museum ticket

An exhibition jointly organized by the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Federal Association of German Newspaper Editors, conceived by Helga Lieser (Initiative Berliner Zeitungsviertel e. V.) and generously supported by Professor Bernd Sösemann (Free University Berlin).

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