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The Jewish museums in Europe: presenting the lives and the life of the spirit of Jews and Judaism
The 62 institutions belonging to the AEJM (Association of Jewish Museums in Europe) are found from Georgia to Spain, Norway to Italy. Each of these museums is home to a collection evoking the compelling richness of Judaism and of Jewish life and culture.And that’s one of the two reasons why international tourists join residents in flocking to visit them.The other: these museums have become the venues for the resurgence of performing and visual art created by and featuring Jews.
Munich's Jewish Museum
Located in the heart of the city’s historic quarter, the Museum is often thronged by visitors during its days of opening. They come to visit the Museum’s imaginatively-displayed permanent collection, which so compellingly delineates the long tradition of Jewish life and suffering in Munich – and to attend its imaginatively curated special displays.
Berlin's Jewish Museum
Berlin’s Jewish Museum is without a doubt the best-known and visited (three quarter of a million visitors a year) of the ones in Europe.
In addition to the Museum’s comprehensive and multifaceted collection, its popularity has ensued from its architecture, which embodies the ruptures, darknesses and rays of hope forming the history of the Jews in Berlin and in Europe.
Expressing these qualities was the goal of Daniel Libeskind, who can well be regarded as the foremost designer of Jewish museums in the world. The New York-based architect has also created the
Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück, Germany | Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco | Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen |
The National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa, Canada | the Ohio Holocaust & Liberators Memorial, Columbus, Ohio