In November 1923, a pogrom against the Jewish population took place in the streets north of Berlin's Alexanderplatz, in the so-called Scheunenviertel. Especially in Grenadier Street, the mob was able to rage, injure and loot undisturbed. Violent German anti-Semitism has a long history. Already in “democratic” Prussia there are the first internment camps and a Berlin police chief who speaks of a “plague of Eastern Jews” and acts accordingly.
Karsten Krampitz examines how verbal violence gradually turned into physical violence in the crisis year of 1923. He asks why the anti-Jewish excesses of the Weimar democracy are almost forgotten today. The Jews on Grenadier Street had moved on to America or Palestine or were deported to Auschwitz and murdered. Although they took their memories of the pogrom in November 1923 with them, some of them have their say in this book. The victim reports prepared at the time are now being published for the first time.
The band FOLKADU and the magic of Jewish music: Their combination of singing, oud, accordion and trumpet creates a sound that combines traditional with contemporary and shows various facets of Jewish music. With a repertoire that includes both well-known and forgotten compositions and poems in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino, FOLKADU builds a musical bridge between the Orient and Occident, promoting a cultural understanding that is both timeless and highly relevant.
Yael Gat – vocals, trumpet, Doron Furman – oud, Simon Japha – accordion