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Monk with the Talmud printed in 1946 in St. Ottilien, 2017© Benyamin Reich, Berlin

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sankt Ottilien
The Benedictine monastery and its Jewish history 1945–48

May 13th through September 29th, 2018
Installation in the foyer


An installation in collaboration with the Department of Jewish History and Culture in the Department of History at Ludwig Maximilian University and St. Ottilien Archabbey,
with works by Benyamin Reich, Berlin

Between 1945 and 1948, a number of Jewish survivors from eastern Europe were involuntarily and provisionally housed in the Benedictine monastery Sankt Ottilien which served as both a hospital and a camp. Instigated by the archabbey, a variety of different projects in 2018 will throw light on this facet of the monastery’s history which has barely been addressed to date. Subjects such as the Jewish self-administration, preparations for emigration to Palestine, Yiddish culture and the camp orchestra, as well as the maternity ward—in which more than 400 Jewish children were born—are broached, as is the interaction between the various protagonists such as the Jewish survivors, German nursing staff and doctors, monks, nuns, and US military personnel.
These activities are being launched at the Jewish Museum Munich on International Museum Day in 2018, with the theme: “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics,” an installation will send visitors on an exploratory tour of the Benedictine monastery, seen from a Jewish perspective.


Further information about the project