Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt am Main

Historical Collection

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Historical Collection

The Jewish Museum's Historical Collection showcases the history of the Jewish community in Frankfurt. Through a series of objects, textiles and documentary prints, it presents and recounts Jewish life in Frankfurt. The majority of the exhibits date from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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.

The Historical Collection also contains a collection of documentary prints of historical events, portraits of leading figures, and historical scenes of Jewish life. The most important section here focuses on topographical views of places associated with Jewish communities in Frankfurt and Europe down the centuries. The heart of this section comprises the many different views of the Judengasse across four hundred years.

Collection Donations – A unique way to make a difference

We are at present in the process of expanding the Historical Collection – and we need your help! 

Since we are primarily interested in objects which narrate the history of individuals and families, most of these are privately owned. These objects do not need to be valuable; the vast majority of important family keepsakes and souvenirs are everyday objects. Through these, we not only provide visitors with an insight into the life of the Jewish community in Frankfurt, but also recall the owners who belonged to and shaped Jewish Frankfurt. If you have memorabilia or objects and would be willing to share their history with the museum, we would be glad to hear from you.

Apart from personal keepsakes and souvenirs, we would also be interested in objects illustrating business or company histories, or documenting the post-war period.

For more information, please contact:
Sabine Kößling
Kustodin Neuere Geschichte
Phne: 069-212-33959
Fax: 069-212-30705

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Historical Collection

Sabine Kößling
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 33959

Jüdisches Museum
Untermainkai 14/15
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 35000
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 30705


Prof. Dr. Raphael Gross
Director of the Jüdisches Museum and
Secretary of the Commission for the
Research into Frankfurt's Jewish History
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 38805

Michael Lenarz
Deputy Director, Archives
and Library Department
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 38546

Fritz Backhaus
Deputy Director, Museum
Judengasse / Börnegalerie,
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 38804

Daniela Unger
Director's Office / Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)69 212 38805

Other Staff Members

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