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"The Museum Proper" Jewish Museum Tip by nicolaitan

Jewish Museum, Berlin: 54 reviews and 111 photos

The Jewish Museum is incredibly comprehensive, documenting in written and spoken word, photographs, drawings, art, and interactive exhibits the complex German-Jewish relationship. Ostensibly broken up into multiple segments, the exhibits flow fairly seamlessly from one to another through the sharp turns of the Libeskind building. Jews first settled in today's Germany as far back as the Roman Empire and had sizeable communities in medieval Worms, Speyer, and Mainz. A very extensive exhibit covers the famed scholar Moses Mendelssohn and even includes his spectacles. Family and religious life are covered in detail in the mid-2nd millenium. Periods of tolerance in the late 19th Century and the National Socialist and the Holocaust are all exhaustively treated. The later exhibits describe the new Jewish communities in post WWII Germany.

The amount of material in this museum is astounding. We spent several hours in the axes and the museum itself without ever getting to the 20th Century material. There is just SO MUCH to see and too little time to appreciate it all. This is not an easy task - nothing is easy in the Libeskind building. Access to the upper floors for the challenged is by narrow and out of the way elevators with carefully controlled admission. Toilet facilities are inconveniently located, down the steep stairs, no access to elevators, and soooo difficult to find the point of interruption. A kosher restaurant is all the way back in the old Court building.

Selected images include a
1 - medieval drawing of Worms (note the serpent),
2 - the carefully placed exhibits and the famous windows,
3 - a memorial plaque from the Saarburg DP camp,
4 - a section devoted to Ann Frank, and
5--a work of art only too accurate in its depiction of the Hitler era.

The all-inclusive Jewish Museum of Berlin combines architectural inventiveness with a total immersion in Jewish life in Germany - it should be a first choice location for visitors.

Address: Lindenstraße 9-14, Berlin-Kreuzberg
Directions: U-Bahn: Hallesches Tor
Phone: (030) 30 87 85 - 681

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 10, 2008
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