23 Sep - 5 Mar

Photo exhibition Jewish life in Berlin


The exhibition Zerheilt – Photo fragments of Berlin can be seen in the Jewish Museum from September 23. On display are photos by French photographer Frédéric Brenner.

Between 2016 and 2019, he researched contemporary Jewish life in Berlin and photographed a variety of people who have made the German capital their home or who were passing through. This exhibition introduces you to the diversity of Jewish life in Berlin and the complexity of German-Jewish history. Jewish life in Berlin Berlin is a city where the memory of the persecution of the Jews can be felt everywhere. The German capital is where the systematic persecution and murder of Jews was once planned and directed.

Now the Jewish community in Germany with over 200,000 people is one of the fastest growing in the world. The tension between the history of Berlin and the vibrancy of contemporary Jewish life in this city was the starting point for Brenner’s project ZERHEILT – Healed to Pieces.

Identity and self-representation
The photos in the exhibition show fragments of Jewish life in Berlin today: German Jews who have lived in Berlin for generations, young Israelis who moved to Berlin, Orthodox rabbis, artists and Germans who converted to Judaism. With their clothing, pose and location, the people portrayed determine for themselves how and which parts of their identity they show.

Zerheilt – Photo fragments of Berlin, until March 5, 2023 in the Jewish Museum, Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1