Amitai Ladin-Geinitz, Berlin, 2014
© Heike Steinweg, photograph from the “Open History” series,
Konrad Adenauer visiting David Ben-Gurion at Sde Boker, 1966
© Michael Maor
VW advertisement in Israel, ca. 1961
© Felix Burian
Marlene Dietrich and the mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek in Jerusalem, 1966
© Michael Maor
Ruthi Lamberg shortly after emigrating to Israel, 1958
© Ruthi Ofek
German ASF volunteers in a kibbutz, 1962
© David Rubinger / Yedioth Acheronot
At the end of the 1940s, after the Shoah and at the time when both Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany were founded, there was silence between Germany and Israel. And yet very early bridge-builders began to emerge on both sides who would lay a foundation for new relations through personal and business contacts – outside of official diplomatic channels. May 12, 1965, saw the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel.
Since then, much has happened. Today, German-Israeli relations are marked by liveliness, diverse cultural exchange and dialog – but also by conflicts. The exhibition highlights the people whose personal commitment made it possible to forge close connections in the contexts of culture, business, politics, science, literature and music. Today, exchange programs are widespread: City partnerships, school and youth exchanges and scientific cooperation represent the foundations upon which relations continue to develop. The exhibition tells moving personal stories and features previously unpublished historical photographs and literary sources. The lasting image is one of a tightly interwoven relationship that has grown out of fifty years of personal connections and official diplomacy.
Sara von Schwarze
Dr. Hans-Jochen Vogel
(in order of appearance)
in conversation with curator Dr. Alexandra Nocke, 2015
Camera and Editing: Tobias Lindner
© Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft e.V.
Assaf Levitin in conversation with Heike Steinweg, 2014
Yoram Kaniuk (1930–2013), Israeli writer, in “The Last Berliner”, 2002
Nava Semel (born 1954), Israeli writer, in conversation with Dr. Alexandra Nocke, 2014
Campino (born 1962), singer in the punk band “Die Toten Hosen”, “Jüdische Allgemeine”, 2010
Following its stay in the Bundestag, the exhibition “Israelis & Germans” organized by the German-Israeli Association (DIG), goes on tour. From Wednesday, November 18, 2015 until Saturday, December 5, 2015 the exhibition will be shown in Passau.
On October 29, 2015, the tour of the Hebrew language version of the exhibition started in Tel Aviv before moving on to Beer Sheva, Haifa and Jerusalem.
Kulturamt Tel: + 49 (0)851 – 396274
For more information, send an email.
The traveling exhibition is organized by the
Supported by the Federal Foreign Office
For continued support we wish to thank
This traveling exhibition is part of a series of events commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.
The opening of the exhibition takes place on October 15, 2015, at the German Bundestag (Paul-Löbe-Haus) in Berlin. The exhibition is on display there for four weeks. We wish to thank the German Bundestag.