Many of the objects donated were bequests given together with photographs and written documents now kept in the Archive. These donations comprise everyday objects illustrating the world and life of Jewish families from Frankfurt. As individual and family keepsakes and memorabilia, they represent an important part of our collection. The objects themselves come from many different areas of life, and include craft works, toys and table silver.
The collection also documents any historical events associated with the objects, with the main focus here on persecution and emigration during the Nazi period. One smaller section, for example, comprises exhibits dedicated to anti-Semitism. A second smaller section also explores economic history, showing the diversity of Jewish merchants, bankers and businesses in Frankfurt, and their impact on the city's development.
Several groups of objects from Jewish 'duelling fraternities' (schlagende Studentenverbindungen) belong to the rarities in the collection. The colour ribbon sashes, the Bierzipfel ribbon badges, and other memorabilia provide an insight into this conservative movement among Jewish students in the first half of the 19th century.