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Travels through German-Jewish History

Click here below for a synopsis of the virtual exhibitions awaiting you in the Rafael Roth Learning Center. The stories embrace a multiplicity of exceptional documents, films, photos and audios. You may read, listen, or watch extracts here on the website as well as experiencing them in full at the museum.

Albert Einstein

 Many myths and legends have developed around Albert Einstein. He was one of the most important scientists of the twentieth century, an international media star and an idiosyncratic celebrity. (...)


 In April 1945, the British Army liberated tens of thousands of prisoners from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The survivors included Celia Landau and the sisters Anita and Renate Lasker. Before leaving Germany, they lived in the Jewish Displaced Persons’ Camp, which was set up close to the former concentration camp. (...)

Bertha Pappenheim

 Bertha Pappenheim (1859–1936) founded the Jewish Women’s League (Jüdischer Frauenbund). Throughout her life she campaigned for political rights and educational opportunities for Jewish women and girls. She was also involved in the struggle against prostitution and trafficking in girls. (...)

Christian Images of Jews

 Christian images of Jews have been marked by false ideas, prejudices and condemnation since the Middle Ages. Many of these stereotypes survived into the modern era. (...)

Daniel Libeskind

 Daniel Libeskind (b. 1946) is one of the outstanding architects of our age. With his remarkable design for the Jewish Museum, he created a new type of communicative architecture. This and his other international projects attest to his ability to convey, through architecture, complex interpretations of history, messages and visions of the future. (...)

Exile in Shanghai

 After the 1938 November Pogrom, Shanghai became one of the most important sanctuaries for Jewish emigrants. In the period up to 1941, some 20,000 refugees, most of them German Jews, made their way to the infamous city on the East China Sea. (...)

The False Messiah

 Shabbtai Zvi (1626–1676) proclaimed himself Messiah in the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century. As the news spread through the Jewish world, it caused jubilant celebrations of a kind never seen before. (...)

Tea and Talk

 People of different backgrounds met to converse at the numerous salons founded in Berlin at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century. The hostesses were often smart, well-read Jewish women such as Henriette Herz (1764–1847) and Rahel Varnhagen (1771–1833). (...)

Heinrich Heine

 Heinrich Heine was one of the most important thinkers and poets of his age. He described himself as a “political writer in every sense,” a "drummer boy" in the struggle for human emancipation. His work polarized audiences and was heavily censored, particularly in Prussia. Heine emigrated to Paris following the outbreak of the French July Revolution. (...)

Jews in Breisach

 Louis Dreyfuss (1900–1993), a gymnast, actor and carnival MC, was a popular celebrity in Breisach, Baden. In 1933 he became the first Jew from his home city to leave Germany. He survived the war hiding in France and eventually returned to Breisach in 1964. (...)

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