(above: © Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Jens Ziehe)
As part of our weekly programme of special tours, organised by Jim and Andrew, we are pleased to announce that tomorrow we have a new tour for guests of the hostel, hotel and apartments, to the Jewish Museum. There we will meet a guide from the museum who will take us around the exhibition “The Jewish Response to National Socialism”.
Here is what the museum has to say about the exhibition:
“Soon after their assumption of power in 1933, the National Socialists initiated anti-Jewish measures that seriously endangered the social and economic existence of German Jews. They increasingly stigmatized and excluded Jews with the intention of having them expelled. By 1941 their aim was the physical extermination of the Jews. The tour elucidates the limited ways in which Jews could actively respond to persecution and the desperate struggle to continue their everyday lives. Personal documents give evidence to the attempts of Jews to survive, to engage in resistance and to maintain their dignity. The way Jews wrestled with the question of when or where to emigrate provide typical examples of the existential challenges faced by this segregated and persecuted minority.”
There will also be an introduction to the building and the museum. The tour is free for guests of the Circus (although you will need a public transport ticket) but places are limited. You will find sign-up sheets at the reception. For those of you who are not with us this week, Jimbo’s free tours take place every Tuesday to a variety of destinations, such as the German-Russian Museum in Karlshorst, the Stasi Prison in Hohenschönhausen, or the former concentration camp at Sachsenhausen. You can find out more information about the upcoming tours here.