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Stolen Judaica: Provenance Research in Israel and Germany, Symposium, Jewish Museum Berlin, 18-19 June 2018

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Specialist Symposium, Evening Event, and Workshops

The Jewish Museum Berlin and the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation invite you to attend a two-day international symposium on Stolen Judaica – Provenance Research in Israel and Germany. In specialist lectures, workshops, and an evening event, research exploring the origins of Jewish ceremonial objects (Judaica), exclusively in Israel and Germany, will take center stage for the first time.

The symposium aims to provide an overview of methodological approaches and experiences in provenance research in the area of Judaica, thereby creating a basis from which to further develop this branch of research. Speakers from Israel and Germany will give practical reports on their handling of Judaica finds.

Especially small regional museums and collections containing suspicious objects are encouraged to participate in the symposium in order to learn more about recognizing Judaica objects and how to approach their provenance.

Registration

Here you can register for the Specialist Symposium, Evening Event, and/or Workshops (deadline: 11 June):

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Monday 18 June 2018
Specialist Symposium at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Last updated: 7 May 2018

10.30 am
Registration and Coffee
11.30 am
Words of Welcome

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Program Director, Jewish Museum Berlin)

11.40 am
The Judaica Blind Spot – Nazi-Era Provenance Research in Germany and the "Problem" of Jewish Ceremonial Objects

Michal S. Friedlander (Curator of Judaica and Applied Arts, Jewish Museum Berlin)

12.15 am - 1.15 pm
Judaica Provenance Research in Germany

Judaica Provenance Research Using the Example of the Zvi Sofer Collection – Opportunities and Challenges in Practice

Dr. Anna-Carolin Augustin (Provenance Researcher, Jewish Museum Berlin)


"But alas! Foxes entered G-d's temple on the 16th of (Mar)cheshvan 5699 [9 -10 November, 1938]"

Dr. Jutta Dick (Director, Foundation Moses Mendelssohn Academy) and Uri Faber (Provenance Researcher, Foundation Moses Mendelssohn Academy)

1.15 - 2.45 pm
Lunch Break
2.45 - 3.45 pm
Judaica Provenance Research in Israel

Taking Another Look: Rethinking Provenance Research at the Israel Museum

Sharon Weiser-Ferguson (Curator, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem)


Ceremonial Objects from the Jewish Home: Case Studies from Yad Vashem's Artifacts Collection

Sara Shor (Collection Manager, Artifacts Collection, Yad Vashem Museum)

3.45 - 4 pm
Coffee Break
4 - 5.30 pm
"First Check": The Search for Judaica in German State and Regional Museums

Jump-Starting Provenance Research: the "First Check" Project in Brandenburg

Alexander Sachse (Academic Consultant, Association of Brandenburg Museums)


"Origin Uncertain, Origin Known": Judaica in Non-State Museums in Bavaria

Christine Bach M.A. (Provenance Researcher, Office for Non-State Museums in Bavaria)


Judaica as Accidental Spoils of the Confiscation of Jewish Archive Material

Dr. Carolin Lange (Provenance Researcher, Office for Non-State Museums in Bavaria)

Public Evening Event at the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation

Please have your ID card ready to show on admission.

6.30 pm
Admission
7.30 pm
Words of Welcome

Moderation: Dr. Anja Siegemund (Director, New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation)
Staatsministerin Prof. Monika Grütters MdB (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the German Lost Art Foundation)
S.E. Jeremy Issacharoff (Ambassador of the State of Israel)

7.45 pm
The Current Debate on Provenance and Commemoration in Germany and Israel

Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss (Director, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow; Professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
PD Dr. Christian Fuhrmeister (Research Fellow, Central Institute for Art History, Munich)

8.10 pm
Musical Interlude
8.30 pm
Round-Table: Judaica Provenance Research – Looking Ahead

Dr. Günter Winands (Ministerial Director and Head of Office at the Federal Government Commission for Culture and the Media)
Prof. Dr. Gilbert Lupfer (Honorary Board Member, German Lost Art Foundation)
Dr. Chana Schütz (Deputy Director and Head of the Research Department, New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation)
Moderation: Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Program Director, Jewish Museum Berlin)

9.30 pm
Reception with Buffet
New Synagogue Berlin– Centrum Judaicum Foundation

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Tuesday 19 June 2018
Specialist Workshops at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Please note that the number of workshop participants is limited to 15.

10 am
Admission
10.30 am - 12 noon
***Fully booked*** Object Workshop: Jewish Ceremonial Objects for Newcomers

Michal S. Friedlander (Curator of Judaica and Applied Arts, Jewish Museum Berlin)

***Fully booked*** Practical Workshop: An Introduction to Provenance Research Practices

Dr. Carolin Lange und Christine Bach M.A. (Provenance Researchers, Office for Non-State Museums in Bavaria)

Alternatively: Guided Tour of the Exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem
12 noon - 1 pm
Lunch Break
1.30 - 3 pm
Object Workshop: Jewish Ceremonial Objects for Newcomers (Repetition)

Michal S. Friedlander (Curator of Judaica and Applied Arts, Jewish Museum Berlin)

***Fully booked*** Archive Workshop: Judaica Provenance Research at the Jewish Museum Berlin Archive

Aubrey Pomerance (Head of Archives, Jewish Museum Berlin)

Alternatively: Guided Tour of the Jewish Museum Berlin Library

Judaica recovered by the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc. (JCR) in storage at The Jewish Museum NY. The organization was established in 1947 to collect »heirless Jewish property« in the American occupied zone of Germany. The JCR was based in Offenbach and later in Wiesbaden. These »orphaned objects« were distributed to Jewish institutions worldwide; more than 3000 Judaica objects were sent to Israel. Photo: bpk/The Jewish Museum of New York/Art Resource N.Y.

Damaged Hanukkah lamp with missing parts, Germany, Late 19th – early 20th century; photo (c) The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Yair Hovav

Financial Assistance

Participants may apply for financial assistance with travel expenses. The following criteria apply:

  • Attendance of the Symposium (18 June 2018) and at least one Workshop (19 June 2018)
  • Registration by 3 June 2018
  • Short written statement of reasons (in the registration form)

Please note: Grant money is limited. Successful applicants will be notified by 8 June 2018.

Where, when, what?

  • When

    Monday 18 June 2018 and Tuesday 19 June 2018

  • Where

    Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
    and New Synagogue Berlin– Centrum Judaicum Foundation, Oranienburger Str. 28-30, 10117 Berlin

  • Entry fee

    Free of charge
    To the registration form

  • Please note The conference languages are German and English, with simultaneous interpretation

  • Contact Anna Golus
    Project Coordination – Symposium Stolen Judaica
    anmeldung@jmberlin.de

  • For journalists Phone: +49 (0)30 25 993 419
    presse@jmberlin.de

    Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
    and New Synagogue Berlin– Centrum Judaicum Foundation, Oranienburger Str. 28-30, 10117 Berlin

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