Private: Jews of the Luthertown Wittenberg in the Third Reich

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Jews of the Luthertown Wittenberg in the Third Reich began the 2012 Exhibition Series in the Mezzanine Gallery and ran from January 15-February 23, 2012. Wittenberg was the city where Martin Luther wrote the papers leading to the protestant reformation; the same papers which were used by the Nazis to fuel anti-Semitism and to discredit and persecute Jews. This exhibit was originally conceived as a response to the negative heritage of Martin Luther’s teachings in regard to the Jewish people that became so identified with Nazi theology that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America publicly rejected his “violent invective and…its tragic effects.” This historical exhibition consists of multiple panels of graphics and text, including examples of documentation from the era and photographs of the Jewish community, that document the lives of the approximately 70 Jews living in Wittenberg during the Third Reich’s occupation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]