This traditional Bukharan dress originally belonged to Heftizbah Babayoff. The dress tells the story of one family’s immigration via camel convoy from Bukhara to Jerusalem in the late 19th century, of one woman’s determined struggle to survive in the city’s impoverished Bukaran quarter. It is a story of the desire for financial success that led her daughter Rivka to immigrate to London with her family. Heftizbah’s granddaughter Pauline tells the family story here. An only child, Heftzibah Babayoff was only… | Read more »

Designers and artists from around the world were presented with a challenge: to create a collection of objects together with a case — essentially a travel set to accompany a Jewish holiday or lifecycle event. Such portable kits containing groups of cleverly stored items have been in use since the 16th century, and remain relevant today with the prevalence of travel in our modern lives. Now, as then, these kits hold the items necessary for the religious rituals one is… | Read more »

An exhibition of the Jewish Museum Augsburg Swabia (JMAS) in collaboration with the State Textile and Industrial Museum Augsburg (tim) | in the rooms of the tim Using historical and current examples from Augsburg, Bavarian Swabia and the Federal Republic of Germany, the exhibition shows how an increasing splitting of society can lead to the exclusion of individual groups. The starting point of the exhibition is the movie “Die Stadt ohne Juden” (The City Without Jews, 1924), which is based… | Read more »

End of Testimony?

An exhibition by the Jewish Museum Hohenems and the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial, in cooperation with the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ) The era of eyewitness accounts about the Holocaust is approaching its end. Only few survivors of the Nazi regime can still speak from their own experience—or talk about those people who were murdered in the Holocaust. What remains are literary testimonies and countless video interviews with survivors—as well as the question of how we want to deal… | Read more »

Lady Bluetooth. Hedy Lamarr

If Hedy Lamarr would be alive today, she might have become a top scientist, financing her studies with a modeling career. In her time, the world envisaged a woman’s “career” as an object of desire rather than as an independent scientist. Born in 1914 in Vienna as Hedwig Kiesler, the daughter of a bank director and a concert pianist, she soon became an inventor to keep her keen intellect busy. But like many other women of her day, she relied… | Read more »