The Perils of Prominence: Jews in Berlin

Fritzi Massary in "Die Rose vom Stambul"

The social and political turmoil following Germany’s crushing defeat in World War I paved the way for daring innovations and profound changes in all areas of cultural and public life. Jews came to exemplify “modernity” in the Weimar Republic because so many Jewish artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs were on the forefront of change.

Credit Due: Eight German-Jewish Artists Persecuted by the Nazis

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This exhibit takes a close look at the experiences various artists underwent prior to their emigration and explores the phenomenon of emigration itself as an existential experience. The lives of these artists are as diverse as their artistic styles, but there are some commonalities: Most went from country to country, often unable to secure work or the right to stay.