War!

Jews between the Fronts 1914–1918

Blick in die Ausstellung »Krieg! Juden zwischen den Fronten 1914-1918« © Franz Kimmel

War!

Jews between the Fronts 1914–1918

War!
Jews between the Fronts 1914–1918

100 years ago, World War I broke out and the world and its established order came apart at the seams. Civilization and history experienced a rupture of unprecedented proportions. In this commemorative year, the exhibition “War! Jews between the Fronts 1914–1918” at the Jewish Museum Munich, addresses the historical event of World War I from a Jewish perspective. The focus is on the subjective experience made by Jewish German soldiers and their families between 1914 and 1918. Through letters sent from the front, diaries, photographs, and other personal objects, this historical cataclysm is broken up into...

War!
Jews between the Fronts 1914–1918

100 years ago, World War I broke out and the world and its established order came apart at the seams. Civilization and history experienced a rupture of unprecedented proportions. In this commemorative year, the exhibition “War! Jews between the Fronts 1914–1918” at the Jewish Museum Munich, addresses the historical event of World War I from a Jewish perspective. The focus is on the subjective experience made by Jewish German soldiers and their families between 1914 and 1918. Through letters sent from the front, diaries, photographs, and other personal objects, this historical cataclysm is broken up into individually experienced and described moments, and as such becomes easier to grasp. The patriotism of many Jewish Germans and their war effort also play a role, as do the rebellious literary contributions of others. Profoundly disturbing everyday life in the trenches and the religious aspect, as experienced by Jewish soldiers during the war, are similarly investigated.

The exhibition also traces how increasing anti-Semitism between 1914–1918 led to the exclusion of Jewish soldiers within the military services, and caused a “war” on the subject of commemoration and the power of historical interpretation on a socio-political level after 1918, which still influences the culture of memory in Germany to this day.

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Duration of exhibition

December 9, 2014–February 22, 2015

Curator

Ulrike Heikaus

Assistance

Sinja Strangmann

Architecture

IGLHAUT + von GROTE, Berlin

Blick in die Ausstellung »Krieg! Juden zwischen den Fronten 1914-1918« © Franz Kimmel
Blick in die Ausstellung »Krieg! Juden zwischen den Fronten 1914-1918« © Franz Kimmel
Blick in die Ausstellung »Krieg! Juden zwischen den Fronten 1914-1918« © Franz Kimmel
Blick in die Ausstellung »Krieg! Juden zwischen den Fronten 1914-1918« © Franz Kimmel
Blick in die Ausstellung »Krieg! Juden zwischen den Fronten 1914-1918« © Franz Kimmel
Blick in die Ausstellung »Krieg! Juden zwischen den Fronten 1914-1918« © Franz Kimmel
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