Jewish Heritage Europe


Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival @ Jewish Museum Frankfufrt
Mar 1 – Sep 1 all-day
Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival @ Jewish Museum Frankfufrt | Frankfurt am Main | Hessen | Germany

A multimedia exhibition by the artist, architect and historian Natalia Romik dedicated to the creativity of Polish Jews seeking to survive the Shoah in hiding.

In Poland and Ukraine during World War II, approximately 50,000 people survived persecution by the German occupying forces in hiding. The majority of them were Jewish. They found refuge in tree hollows, closets, basements, sewers, empty graves, and other precarious locations. Natalia Romik’s exhibition “Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival” pays tribute to these fragile places of refuge and explores their physicality. The show poses basic questions about the relationship between architecture, private life, and the public sphere: it addresses the protective function of spaces and emphasizes the creativity those in hiding brought to bear in their attempt to survive.

In a research project extending over several years, Natalia Romik and an interdisciplinary team of researchers consulted oral histories to identify several hiding places, which they explored using forensic methods. The multimedia exhibition “Hideouts. The Architecture of Survival” presents the results of this research. It consists of sculptures bearing a direct connection to the sites and includes documentary films, forensic recordings, photos, documents, and objects found in the hiding places.

“Hideouts: The Architecture of Survival” is presented in cooperation with the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and the TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin. On the occasion of the show at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt, a catalogue will be published in German and English editions by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

The exhibition was curated by Kuba Szreder and Stanisław Ruksza with the help of Aleksandra Janus (scientific collaboration). For the presentation in Frankfurt, Katja Janitschek, curator of the Judengasse Museum, was responsible for the curatorial project management. We would like to thank the Evonik Foundation for their generous support.


Medieval Jewish Erfurt – celebrating one year since inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage list @ Jewish quarter Erfurt
Aug 11 @ 11:00 – 22:00
Medieval Jewish Erfurt - celebrating one year since inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage list @ Jewish quarter Erfurt | Erfurt | Thüringen | Germany

A day workshops, lectures, and dance across the Jewish Old City – and a festive open-air concert outside the Old Synagogue, featuring simkhat hanefesh, Caravan Orchestra & Choir, and more, to celebrate the first anniversary of Medieval Jewish Erfurt being included on UNESCO’s roster of World Heritage.

The events is part of the program of this year’s Yiddish Summer Weimar festival, which runs from July 12 to August 17.

Sibiu Synagogue Mare – 125th birthday celebration concert @ Synagogue Mare in Sibiu, Romania
Aug 25 @ 19:00
Sibiu Synagogue Mare - 125th birthday celebration concert @ Synagogue Mare in Sibiu, Romania | Sibiu | Județul Sibiu | Romania

An concert by the klezmer and jewish music greats  Jake Shulman-Ment, Jeremiah Lockwood and Francesca Ter-Berg to mark the 125th anniversary of the Synagogue Mare’s dedication.

Jake Shulman-Ment “is considered one of the best klezmer fiddlers on the planet,” according to US National Public Radio. A virtuoso klezmer musician, Shulman-Ment has traveled and taught worldwide. 20 years ago he studied in Romania and undertook several tours in the country.
Jeremiah Lockwood is a scholar, guitarist and composer whose work focuses on the cantorial music tradition – his grandmother was born in the Transylvanian town of Valea lui Mihai (Ermihalyfalva), in Bihor County. He is the founder of the band The Sway Machinery and the author of the recent book Golden Ages: Hasidic Singers and Cantorial Revival in the Digital Era. Jeremiah’s research considers the work of cantors as arbiters of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in times of crisis and cultural transformation. Jeremiah received his PhD from Stanford University, Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies, in 2021. He is currently a Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Francesca Ter-Berg is a cellist and composer known for her unique style that combines klezmer, improvisation and electronic synthesis. Her debut EP “In Eynem” (Phantom Limb Label won Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp and Best Quietus Release of 2021). Francesca writes music for film and TV, tours and records with Imogen Heap, Tom Skinner, Portico Quartet and Ziah Ziah. Her critically acclaimed duo Fran & Flora released their self-produced second studio album in April 2024 on Hidden Notes Records.

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