The Jewish Museum in Berlin is completely unusual and sensual. A both frightening and breathtaking experience that you do not go unaffected by. The site documents almost 2000 years of German-Jewish history. At the same time, it is known for the very special, unique architecture that Daniel Liebeskind is the man behind.
Daniel Liebeskind was himself a Jew and has also designed the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, and been chief architect at Ground Zero in New York.
Until 1938, the museum was located in Oraniensbrugerstrasse, where it was closed by the Nazis. 50 years later, construction began on the new museum.
The museum in Berlin today consists of two parts; the beautiful old baroque mansion from 1735 which contains various exhibition areas, and which at the same time forms the very entrance to Liebeskind's newer titanium- and zinc-clad, zig-zag-shaped building. The new building was completed in the year 2000, and is exclusively about the Holocaust.
When you arrive at the Jewish Museum, you get a slightly special reception, as due to the terrorist threat you are scanned and examined before you are locked in. Then your own headset is handed out, which automatically plays information as you move around the corridors.
The place is worth a visit, just because of its very special, unusual architecture. Everywhere the white walls and floors are shaped in sloping and crooked lines and the lighting is dim. In some places the ceiling is low - in other places dizzying heights. The framework is created for an almost devotional atmosphere, and a slightly insecure, disoriented feeling, just as the architect has wanted it.
In the museum you will find i.a. also 6 voids, which symbolize the void after the extermination of the 6 million Jews, during the Holocaust.
A particularly strong experience is given in the Holocaust Turm. In the tower it is almost completely dark, with walls sloping inwards towards the top. As the heavy iron door slams shut, the eyes must first get used to the sparse lighting. Next, you really have to have your neck back, to follow the many meters towards the ceiling / top and the small strip of daylight at the very top.
High up against the light hangs a ladder. So high that it is completely out of reach. It runs a cold down the spine, for the symbolism is unmistakable. Just as it was the architect's opinion, you get a both oppressive and uncomfortable feeling in the dark, slightly cold and damp tower.
In the museum's geometric garden you can take a break and, among other things. walk through the beautiful green tunnel, sit on one of the many benches and for example enjoy the sight and sound of the round fountain. During the hot summer months, Sunday jazz concerts are held in the garden as part of a cultural summer program.