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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Places of Exile 01: Münih ve Istanbul

December 3, 2008 through March 8, 2009


The Ottoman Empire as a possible place of exile is first mentioned in a letter of around 1453, attributed to the Rabbi Isaac Zarfati of Erdine. In it he calls on the Jewish communities in Central Europe to leave the persecution and pogroms behind and to come to the Ottoman Empire to live in safety. Few from Bavaria will have followed this call, unlike the tens of thousands of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula, who chose the Ottoman Empire as a place of exile at the end of the 15th century.

After the National Socialists seized power in 1933 and the increasing discrimination and persecution of German Jews, Turkey once again became a place of exile—albeit for just a few. The city of Istanbul was to remain an exotic place of exile.

The exhibition "Münih ve Istanbul" is based on different scenes of festivals and holidays. Ten tables have been created at which those living in exile could well have celebrated the various holidays—some being established festivals, others which have been adopted. It tells the story of lives spent between Munich and Istanbul.


Concept: Jutta Fleckenstein und Via Lewandowsky, Berlin