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“Unique” 5 of 5 stars
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Jewish Museum
Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Germany
49 0 30 25993-300
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Ranked #52 of 437 attractions in Berlin
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
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Owner description: This new museum, housed in a remarkable building designed to intimidate visitors, features dynamic exhibits on Jewish culture in Germany, particularly during the reign of the Third Reich.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This building has a very special architecture which expresses the history of the Jewish community in Germany of 1500 years. it is built as a broken david shield. The presentation uses all media forms to make it informative and interesting. Most part of the museum is dedicated to non WWII era. A very important museum. It left us thinking and reflecting over it for a long time.

Visited January 2013
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“Informative and eduational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The building is huge and very impressive. Initial impression however, was that the architecture was far too complex for a museum and it was not easy to walk around in the building. I did not visit the museum to appreciate the architecture of the museum but to learn the history. The taste of the architecture was far too rich and it made certain elements of the museum rather artificially artistic. In any event, I learnt a lot about the tragic history and it was absolutely worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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Mellor
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“A place of immense interest with an horrendous reminder of racial prejudice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

A superbly designed building that reflects the content and the message. There are ample place to rest on your visit and a very good cafe/restaurant. The staff are pleasantly helpful. We spent three and a half hours there and only left because of pressure to go to other sites

Visited February 2013
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“Necessary visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Fascinating building, great exhibits about the history of German jewry - culminating, of course, in the Nazi period. Great guided tours.

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting and educational but somewhat unbalanced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

First of all - the design of the buildings by Liebeskind is a different and interesting experience, although as some have commented before, parts of it also seems like an empty waste of space (but then again, it says in the museum that he has worked a lot with "voids", which is quite true).

We visited the museum to get a better understanding of jewish history in Europe though history, and the museum partly succeeded in giving us that. There was nothing much about ancient religious history, and also the horrors of the nazi regime and the holocaust naturally played their part in the exhibition, but those parts were not "overdone" and did not overshadow the rest of the museum, as we had feared they might.

Among the most interesting parts was the section that was bound together by the diaries, written in Yiddish, of Glikl bas Judah Leib (1646-1724), a jewish women who had 14 children and filled the role expected of her by traditional jewish customs, but who also became a succesfull trader in her own right following the deaths of her 1st and 2nd husbands.

A single point of complaint would be, that the exhibition focuses perhaps a bit too much on the external factors that have affected Jews through the years (i.e. persecution, special rules, exclusion from "good" society", etc.), and less on the actual lifes and culture of German jews, with the notable exception being the part about Glikl bas Judah Leib.

Overall a very interesting and educational experience.

Visited February 2013
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