Exhibition "Jewish Life in Germany Today" at Appalachian State University
Enlarge image (© Germany.info) From September 12 until October 3, Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies hosted the traveling exhibition "Jewish Life in Germany Today."
Over the past two decades, the Jewish population in Germany has grown from fewer than 30,000 in 1990 to more than 200,000 today. Some 100,000 Jews are currently registered within religious communities organized under the umbrella of the Central Committee of Jews in Germany. Berlin, the German capital, is home to the largest community of 10,000 members.
Enlarge image (© ASU) In 1999, the Abraham Geiger College, the first liberal rabbinical seminary in Continental Europe since the Shoah, opened its door in response to the growing need for academic rabbinical and cantorial training. Compared to the 525,000 Jews who lived in Germany before the Holocaust, the numbers are still small, but the country is home to one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the world.
The poster exhibition “Jewish Life in Germany Today” brings these numbers to life. In concise and striking statements visualized with a 25 poster panel, Jews explain what living in Germany means to them, how the history of the holocaust influenced their personal lifes and which dreams they have for their future in Germany. From students to best-selling authors to rabbis and entrepreneurs, their biographies reflect the diversity of the German-Jewish community today.
Enlarge image (© ASU) As part of the exhibition, German Honorary Consul Klaus Becker gave a lecture for the ASU community and the broader public, reflecting on the elections to the German Bundestag and in particular the rise of the right-wing extremist party AfD and its anti-Semitism.