March 22-25, 2006
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Demonstrations: Description

Jewish Life in Germany 1914-2004: One Multimedia Application - Three Ways of Access

Daniel Steinbach, German Historical Museum, Berlin, Germany
Gorch Pieken, Museum of Military History, Germany

The project Jewish Life in Germany from 1914-2004 is a joint initiative of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin (German Historical Museum) and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn/Berlin (Federal Agency for Civic Education). It is an example of how museums can find further audiences at schools and other institutions of education.

The project is based on a multimedia application that documents Jewish life in Germany from the First World War to the present day. It presents, through the personal fate of a German family of Jewish faith, stories of emancipation and integration, persecution and extermination as well as new beginnings and reformation after 1945 and Jewish life in reunified Germany.

The application is reaching users in three linked, but independent ways: a) as an installed computer station in the new permanent exhibition of the German Historical Museum, b) as a Web site c), and as a DVD that can be obtained from the museum shop and the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

Demonstration: Demonstrations [Close-Up]

Keywords: Web, DVD, Jewish-German history, Holocaust, media education, schools