Oh-Berlin set off to visit the Jewish Museum Berlin intrigued by the Daniel Libeskind architecture and wondering how we would judge the permanent exhibition it housed.
We found the unusual Daniel Libeskind design of the Jewish Museum a challenge in trying to grasp what it possibly symbolised and how it related to the exhibition. The unique conceptual aspect is typically not something you have to take into consideration in most museums.
Many people will have a familiarity with the Holocaust and the treatment of Jews leading up to and during wartime but the exhibition covers the plight of the Jewish peoples historically from the earliest times and around the world. It is hugely informative and engaging. The main exhibition rooms are easy to navigate through and really well planned out.
Some of the most moving parts in the exhibition are provided by personal items, letters, pictures, clothing and possessions from those that suffered loss of friends, family members or their own life.
The personal stories told through possessions and documents or written texts were unbearably sad at times as the personalisation aspect invokes greater empathy. Daniel Libeskindīs interior design is also definitely worth trying to engage with even though interpretations may be difficult at times the structure of the building is an integral aspect to the exhibition.
A moving and fascinating insight into Jewish history.
Read our full review of the Jewish Museum Berlin at the Oh-Berlin Blog