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Military ID card issued to Haja Matveevna Sobina by the Kirov Raion Military Commissariat, Moscow, August 29, 1964

Rolling-pin for making matzo (Yiddish: katschelke), Mogilev, 1956

Magazine Sowjetische Heimland ed. by the Verband Sowjetischer Schriftsteller, Moscow, 1965

Cup and saucer produced on the 125th anniversary of the Kuznecov Porcelain Manufactory Riga, 1937

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Jews 45/90
From far far away -
Immigrants from the former Soviet Union

July 11th, 2012 through January 27th, 2013

Opening reception: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 7 p.m.

The exhibtion series Jews 45/90 highlights personal histories that began in Eastern Europe and found their continuation in Munich. The second part is devoted to stories associated with the migration of Jews from the Soviet Union and its successor states. On January 9, 1991, the first Conference of Ministers-President after the Reunification of Germany resolved to admit Russian-speaking Jews as so-called "quota refugees" on the basis of the "resolution on measures for refugees admitted as part of humanitarian aid programs." Politicians and the media welcomed the influx of newcomers to Germany from the Soviet Union and its successor states initially in euphoric terms. Since then, more than 200,000 Russian-speaking immigrants have arrived in Germany. After Berlin and Düsseldorf, Munich is the city with the greatest increase in numbers. Almost 28,000 people have come to Bavaria, of whom more than 10,000 alone live in Munich.

The exhibition explores the different memories these immigrants have brought with them from their countries of origin. For this purpose, one floor in the Jewish Museum Munich has been transformed into an "Eastern European" Jewish museum. Immigrants from the Soviet Union and its successor states have heeded our appeal to share the memories they have as Jews from East Europe with the citizens of Munich and to present these to the general public. Most of the 23 objects brought by people now living in Munich from their former homeland have very personal associations. On top of this, all those who have lent objects told us about their migration from the east to the west based on a series of questions on emigration, Judaism, identity and heimat. The objects and memories from places sucht as Riga and Tashkent are supplemented by fragments from the collection of Julius Genss (1887-1957) from Tartu, one of leading art and book collectors in pre-war Estonia. In 1991, his granddaughter, Julia Gens, together with her husband, travelled to Berlin and later to Munich on a tourist visa. She managed to salvage a few fragments from her grandfather's art library and collection that were destroyed by the Nazis, and bring them with her to Germany.

On the second floor, the routes undertaken by emigrants to their new homeland are traced in a number of different stations in the exhibition. The migration path to Munich from the Soviet Union and its successor states is accompanied by an autobiographical text written by Lena Gorelik from St. Petersburg, who has been living in Germany since 1992.

A two-part exhibition series at the Jewish Museum Munich

Curators: Jutta Fleckenstein and Piritta Kleiner, in collaboration with Lena Gorelik
Scenography: chezweitz & partner, Berlin

Information on the exhibtion in Russian