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Jewish cemeteries in the Central European cultural area

On the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust 2023, the Friends of the Willy Brandt House will show the photo documentation "House of Eternity" about Jewish cemeteries in the Central European cultural area.

Jüdischer Friedhof Lwiw 2019
Jüdischer Friedhof Lwiw 2019 © Marcel- Th. Jacobs

The exhibition by the two image authors Marcel-Th. and Klaus Jacobs will be on view for the first time in Berlin from January 27, 2023 - February 26, 2023.

More than 75 years after the unprecedented rupture of civilization by the dictatorship of the National Socialists, in which the diverse Jewish culture in the Central European cultural area was almost destroyed, the project of the Freundeskreis zum Erhalt der jüdischen Friedhöfe im mitteleuropäischen Kulturraum, e.V. wants to set an example.

70 Jewish cemeteries in Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the Czech Republic were captured for the documentation with an analog camera on black and white film. Only a small selection can give an impression of the long-gone sepulchral culture.

Jewish cemeteries, along with synagogues and mikvaot (ritual immersion baths), are among the indispensable institutions of Jewish communities; they are thus an essential part of Jewish everyday culture. They reflect the great diversity of the former Jewish population - behind every gravestone is the biography of a deceased person.

The review of the history of the respective Jewish communities and their final resting places makes clear the extent of the extinction of Jewish life and activity in all four countries and thus aims to preserve a piece of memory.
Additional information
Guided tours: Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. & Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 12:00 p.m.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 18 h
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