Diversity in Schools
The project "Diversity in Schools" aims to develop innovative and transferable approaches and methods for education work in schools to promote an open, respectful, and community-oriented school culture.
During the three-year project with three secondary schools in Berlin, modules for cultural and historico-political education will be developed by teachers. These modules will be based on the questions and practical needs of teachers and with them appropriate, modern approaches and content will be integrated into school life. The content of the modules will cover cultural education, the teaching of history and migration, and handling stereotypical representations in school textbooks. Moreover, the teachers’ intercultural and diversity skills are deepened during the training and their media skills expanded. In parallel, the management and the teaching staff will be advised on the school development process and given ongoing support for fostering intercultural awareness in school. The project is held in coordination with the education authority with the aim of making the experiences and results available to other schools.
Tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 542
Diversity in schools is a project organized by the Jewish Museum Berlin in cooperation with the German Children and Youth Foundation funded by the Mercator Foundation.
The project began on 1 February 2012 and will end in December 2015. Further information about the project (in German) can be found here.
Retrospective additions to and thorough indexing of the collection of fine and applied arts, visual and material culture
The German Research Foundation is supporting the library of the Jewish Museum Berlin as part of its promotion of outstanding research libraries and will expand, develop, and index the holdings of the art classification group.
The existing literature in Germany on Jewish visual and applied arts, visual and material culture is spread over many locations today and due to its interdisciplinary nature is not considered in all its breadth in the acquisition profiles of academic libraries. A central point of contact in the form of a library specialized in this field of research does not exist to date.
The project applied for with the German Research Foundation builds on the existing collection at the Jewish Museum Berlin library, and has the aim of systematically filling the gaps. In addition, the targeted acquisition of gray literature and non-book media and the completion of the museums’ special collections will provide the world of research with source material that is otherwise difficult to access as well as an attractive research environment to study it in. The thorough indexing and linking to the Jewish Museum Berlin thesaurus makes a theme-oriented and cross-media search possible that incorporates the museum’s collections and archives and thereby provides access to the primary sources.
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 451
Developing a collection focus of national importance that contributes in the long term to reestablishing the research tradition in Germany that was broken in 1933 is the primary objective.
The project began in fall 2013 and will end in fall 2015.
Online portal on the topography of Jewish life in Germany
Knowledge of local and regional Jewish history in Germany has changed in recent years in several ways – not only have there been significant archaeological finds from the Roman period, the Medieval Ashkenaz, and early modern times, but also a wide range of online services and sites dedicated to local and regional German-Jewish history have been developed. The aim of the project is to develop a portal that makes local historical information uniformly available, links existing sites to each other, and promotes their visibility. The varied information on Jewish history and culture is visualized on an interactive map. Participatory elements are to be part of the portal, which can be continuously expanded. A version optimized for mobile devices enables on-site orientation. Parallel to the portal’s development, a network of cooperation partners is being established.
Dr. Mirjam Wenzel
Head of Media Department
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 308
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 333
Supported by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, a prototype of the portal will be developed during the funding period from March 2015 to March 2016.
"Systematic Examination of the Painting and Sculpture Collection for Nazi-Confiscated Art" – Provenance Research at the Jewish Museum Berlin
In April 2015, the Jewish Museum Berlin began a project systematically clarifying the origin of the works in its art collection. The aim is to identify Nazi-confiscated cultural property, to make it known, find potential heirs, and take the necessary steps for a just and fair solution.
Even the collection of a relatively young museum such as the Jewish Museum Berlin founded in 2001 can contain objects that were unlawfully stripped from their Jewish owners during the Nazi era. The origin of all museum holdings must therefore be systematically clarified. The museum has received many objects directly from family descendants. However, still too little is known about the origin of some objects acquired from the art market. Researching their previous owners and history in the period between 1933 and 1945 is the main focus of the provenance research project. After the painting and sculpture collection, further collection areas will follow in future project phases. The plan is to publish research results on the museum website and to address this issue in the museum’s permanent exhibition.
Head of collections/Curator of art
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 414
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 409
Dr. Heike Krokowski
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 457
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 409
The project is sponsored from April 2015 to March 2016 by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media through the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation following a decision of the German Bundestag.
For further information on provenance research in Germany, the Washington Principles, and the joint declaration of the German government, federal states, and municipal associations for provenance research in public institutions, see www.kulturgutverluste.de and www.lostart.de.