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Founding the Museum

The History of the Origins of the Jewish Museum Berlin


The Jewish Museum Berlin was opened in 2001. The path from the idea to found a Jewish museum in West Berlin to creating an exhibition concept was a long and winding one with many controversies along the way. The controversies also reflect the change in the perception of Jewish history against the backdrop of the Holocaust. The concept, founding, and opening of the Jewish Museum Berlin were largely due to the political initiative and commitment of individuals. Many sponsors and donors contributed to establishing the collection.

A description of the Jewish Museum Berlin’s history and development can be downloaded as a pdf-file.

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