Jewish Heritage Europe

Museums, Memorials & Cultural Institutions

There are scores of Jewish museums and permanent exhibitions in Germany. They range from small private displays to major public institutions. Many are located in former synagogues or other Jewish buildings. There are also numerous institutions, study centers and university programs dealing with Jewish heritage, culture and history, as well as numerous web links and online databases.

We provide links here to lists of museums and institutions, and lists of links that can be found online, as well as separate links to a number of institutions  that have their own web sites.

 WEB LINKS

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Jüdische Sammlungen

An  association of Jewish museums and other institutions such as former synagogues, memorials, libraries, archives and research institutes, and also individuals working in this field from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The web site has a lot of resources and links.

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace

Among other things, runs “summer camps” on which participants restore Jewish cemeteries.

Central Archives for the Researching of the History of Jews in Germany

Founded in 1987 and located in Heidelberg, the Archives are maintained by the Central Council of Jews in Germany with the sponsorship of the  Federal Ministry of the Interior. The web site has links to much information and many digital and other resources.

Holocaust Memorial Sites and Museums, and Major Jewish Museums in Germany

An interactive project of the Monument to the Murdered Jewish of Europe Foundation in Berlin.

Jewish Museums in Germany

Part of the Alemannia Judaica web site, a listing of more than 50 Jewish museums or permanent Jewish-interest exhibitions in the German states of  Baden- Württemberg, Rheinland Pfalz, Bavaria and Hesse, as well as  some Jewish museums in Switzerland, Alsace (France) and Austria. There are links to the web sites of many of these museums.

Jewish Museums & (former) Synagogues in Bavaria

Some 21 institutions, most of them in former synagogues, that form part of the non-State museums of Bavaria. Almost all were founded since 1989, and were developed under the regional direction of Otto Lohr.

Jüdisch Historischer Verein Augsburg

Web site/blog with news and articles regarding Jewish heritage in many towns and cities in Bavaria.

List of Jewish Studies Institutions in Germany (including university programs, archives, specialized libraries)

Compiled by the Institut für Judaistik der Freien Universität Berlin (Jewish Studies Institute at the Berlin Free University)

List of Jewish Studies Institutions and Programs in Germany

A list of programs and Institutions compiled by the Verband der Judaisten in Deutschland e.V.

 

INDIVIDUAL INSTITUTIONS

AUGSBURG

Jewish Museum in Augsburg-Swabia (Jüdisches Kulturmuseum Augsburg-Schwaben)

Halderstraße 6-8
D-86150 Augsburg
Tel: +49 (0) 821 513658
Fax: +49 (0) 821 513626
Email: office@jkmas.de

The museum is located in the west wing of the Augsburg synagogue (which celebrated its centenary in 2017). The museum was founded in 1985 as the first independent Jewish museum in postwar Germany. Its permanent exhibition celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016.

Jüdisch Historischer Verein Augsburg (JHVA)

PO BOX 11 10 21
86035 Augsburg, Germany

Blog of a private non-profit organization that researches Jewish history and heritage in and around Bavaria. There are links to posts regarding many towns and cities.

BERLIN

Jewish Museum Berlin (Jüdisches Museum Berlin)

Lindenstraße 9-14
D-10969 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0) 30 25993 300
Fax: +49 (0) 30-25993 409
Email:info@jmberlin.de

One of the world’s major Jewish museums, opened in 2001. Its main space in an iconic sculptural building by Daniel Libeskind.  Parts of the museum are currently closed during preparation of a new permanent exhibition slated to open in 2019.

New Synagogue – Centrum Judaicum (Stiftung Neue Synagoge – Centrum Judaicum)

Oranienburger Str 28/30
10117 Berlin

Museum and Archives in the restored part of the  imposing domed New Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse.

Topography of Terror (Exhibition and Foundation)

Niederkirchnerstraße 8
10963 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 254 509–0
Fax: +49 30 254 509–99
Email: info@topographie.de

Permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the Third Reich.The complex Includes  the Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Center and an extensive Library that can be consulted online.

Selma Stern Zentrum: Jüdische Studien (Center for Jewish Studies) Berlin-Brandenburg

Sophienstraße 22a
D – 10178 Berlin
Fax: +49 (0) 30 2093 66325
Email: zentrum-juedische-studien@hu-berlin.de

BRAUNSBACH

Rabbinatsmuseum

Im Rabbinat
74542 Braunsbach
Tel. +49 (0) 7906-8512 or (0) 7906-940940
Email: rabbinatsmuseum@ braunsbach.de

BRAUNSCHWEIG

Bet Tfila Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe

Technische Universität Braunschweig
Pockelsstr. 4
38106 Braunschweig, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 531  391  2525
Fax: +49 (0) 531  391  2530
Email: synagogen@tu-bs.de

Center aimed at documenting and researching the sacred and secular architecture of Jewish communities in Europe with reference to its development within the cultural, historical and typological context. The Research Unit acts as an interdisciplinary German-Israeli entity, disseminating the results in scholarly and popular publications in order to raise the awareness of the general public for the need to preserve the endangered visual culture of the Jewish people.

Jewish Museum

Exhibition Centre Behind the St. Giles Church – Jewish Museum
38100 Braunschweig
Tel: +49 (0)531 12 15 26 61

A section of the regional museum opened in 1987 dedicated to local Jewish history. It includes the fittings of the small synagogue of Hornburg, built in 1766, and acquired in 1923 when the Jewish community there dissolved. They include the carved wooden ark and the painted cupola.

DORSTEN

Jewish Museum Westfalen

Julius-Ambrunn-Straße 1
D-46282 Dorsten
Tel: +49 (0) 2362 45279
Fax: +49 (0) 2362 45386
Email: info@jmw-dorsten.de

ESSEN

Alte Synagoge Essen – Haus jüdischer Kultur (House of Jewish Culture)

Edmund-Körner Platz 1
D- 45127 Essen
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Audioguide in English and German available
Email: alte-synagoge@essen.de
Tel. +49 201 88 45 218

The imposing Old Synagogue, which survived WW2, was long used as a technology museum but is now a House of Jewish Culture, with exhibits and events.

Salomon Ludwig Steinheim Institute for German-Jewish History

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Edmund-Körner-Platz 2
45127 Essen
Tel: +49 (0) 201 2016 4434
Fax: +49 (0) 201 8216 2916
Email: steinheim@steinheim-institut.org

Among its projects is Epidat – The Database of Jewish epigraphy, which provides the inventory, documentation, editing and presentation of epigraphic collections. There are more than 134 digital editions with more than 26,000 epitaphs (more than 60,000 image files) online.

FRANKFURT

Jewish Museum Frankfurt (Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt)

Untermainkai 14-15
D-60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 (0) 69 212 35000
Fax: +49 (0) 69 212 30705
Email: info @juedischesmuseum.de

Judengasse Museum

Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 70 790
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30 705

The web site offers a brief history of the former Jewish Ghetto, the Judengasse (literally Jews’ Lane), its inhabitants, the houses, and life in the ghetto down through the centuries. The Judengasse was demolished during urban renewal at the end of the 19th century and left derelict after World War II. Decades later, of the original 195 houses, 19 foundations were found during excavations for construction work – today five of them can be seen at “Museum Judengasse” and are used to present everyday life, living conditions and the religious customs of the Jewish inhabitants.

FURTH, SCHNAITTACH, SCHWABACH

The Jewish Museum of Franconia in Fürth, Schnaittach & Schwabach (Jüdisches Museum Franken in Fürth, Schnaittach & Schwabach)

Nürnberger Straße 3
D-90762 Fürth
Tel: +49 (0) 911 770577
Fax: +49 (0) 911 7417896
Email: info@juedisches-museum.org

The Jewish Museum of Franconia is housed in three locations: the main museum in Fürth, with branches in Schnaittach (in the former synagogue) and in Schwabach (in a home that includes a sukkah).  Details for all three are on the main web site linked above.

HAMBURG

Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden (Institute for the History of German Jews)

Beim Schlump 83
20144 Hamburg
Tel: +49 (0) 40  42 838  2617
Fax: +49 (0) 40  44 808  66
Email: IGdJ@public.uni-hamburg.de

 

HEIDELBERG

Hochschule für Jüdische Studien 

Landfriedstraße 12
69117 Heidelberg
Tel: +49 (0) 62 21  54 192 – 00
Fax.: +49 (0) 62 21 / 54 192 – 09
Email: info@hfjs.eu

Founded in 1979, a leading Jewish studies center in Europe; affiliated with Heidelberg University. Its Albert Einstein library includes one of the largest collections of Judaica in Germany and includes works in all disciplines of Jewish studies, from the 16th century to the present.

Central Archives for the Researching of the History of Jews in Germany

Landfriedstraße 12
69117 Heidelberg
Email: mail@zentralarchiv-juden.de

Founded in 1987, the Archives are maintained by the Central Council of Jews in Germany with the sponsorship of the  Federal Ministry of the Interior. The web site has links to much information and many digital and other resources.

KASSEL

Museum for Sepulchral Culture

Weinbergstraße 25–27
34117 Kassel
Tel: +49 561 918 93-0
Fax: +49 561 918 93-10
Email: info@sepulkralmuseum.de

One of  around seven museums in Europe that deal specifically with the themes dying, death, burials and commemoration in our society. The permanent exhibition displays the history of graveyards and funeral monuments from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as objects such as coffins, hearses, mourning costume and mourning jewellery. Its extensive Library has a searchable online catalogue.

MUNICH

Munich Jewish Museum (Jüdisches Museum München)

St.-Jakobs-Platz 16
D-80331 Munich
Tel: +49-89-233-96096
Fax: +49-89-233-989-96096
Email: juedisches.museum@muenchen.de

A municipal museum, opened in 2007, that forms part of a Jewish cultural and communal complex that includes a synagogue and Jewish community building.

SPEYER

Jewish Department/Historical Museum of Palatinate, Speyer (Historisches Museum der Pfalz /Jüdische Abteilung)

Domplatz 4
D-67346 Speyer
Tel: +49 (0) 6232 1325 0
Fax: +49 (0) 6232 1325 40
Email: info@museum.speyer.de

STEINBACH AM GLAN

Jewish Museum Steinbach am Glan

Tel: +49 (0) 6383 9217 0
Fax: +49 (0) 6383 9217 92
Email: info@vg-glm.de

WERTHEIM

Jewish Section, Grafschaftsmuseum Wertheim und Otto-Modersohn-Kabinett

Rathausgasse 6-10
97877 Wertheim
Email: Grafschaftsmuseum@t-online.de

WORMS

Shum Cities on the Rhine

Haus zur Sonne
Synagogenplatz 2
D-67547 Worms
Fon +49 (0)6241 853 8400
Fax +49 (0)6241 853 8409
Email: susanne.urban@schumstaedte.de

Association dedicated to promoting on the world scale the linked Medieval Jewish heritage f Worms, Mainz and Speyer (known collectively as Shum, from an anagram of the initials of the towns).

Jewish Museum Worms

Hintere Judengasse 6
67547 Worms
Tel: +49 (0) 6241 853 4701-4707
Fax +49 (0) 6241 853 4710
Email stadtarchiv@worms.de

The building, next to the rebuilt medieval synagogue, also houses the city archives.

WÜRZBURG

Shalom Europa Museum (Jewish community museum)

Valentin-Becker-Str.11
97072 Würzburg
Tel.: 0931-4041441
Email:  museum.shalomeuropa@gmx.de

Among the exhibits is a collection of some 1456 Jewish tombstones and fragments dating from 1147 and 1346 that were saved when a Medieval building in the city was partially demolished in 1987.  The trove represents the largest collection of Medieval Jewish tombstones.