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Exhibition in New York

Die Ausstellung wurde vom 21. September bis 10. Oktober 2014 im Rahmen der 8. Jüdischen Kulturtagen in Allenstein (Olsztyn/Polen) gezeigt.


Von der Grenzstadt in die Welt
100 Jahre jüdisches Leben in Memel/Klaipeda

21.09.14 - 10.10.14 in Olsztyn, Poland 
26.06.13 - 30.09.13 in New York, Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, Queensborough Community College
Link des Ausstellungsortes Link
Link zu Bildern von der Ausstellungseröffnung
Link zur Übertragung der Eröffnungszeremonie in englisch ca. 50 min auf YouTube

Sent: Thursday, 1. February 2007 07:14
to: Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz
Suject: Ashfield calling

Dear Dr. Ruth,  I thank you so much for your letter keeping me in touch of the work you are doing and where the exhibition re the Jewish community of East Prussia for which I sent you some of our family's photos.  I wonder if you would be so kind as to let me know when and where the exhibition will be held when it gets to Israel as I have cousins there who would be most interested to see it.
I also wonder if you will ever come as far as Australia?
As always, I wish you much success with these exhibitions .. you have put so much work into them, you deserve no less.  With kindest regards, Hanna 


The Exhibition was also displayed in Olsztyn / Poland (former Allenstein) at the Mendelsohn House on the occasion of the 8. Jewish Days of Culture, September 21 till October 10 2014.


Opening Jews in Memel Leiserowitz
From the border town out into the world
100 years of Jewish life in Memel / Klaipeda
till Sep 30 2013

In the most northerly Prussian port town a highly varied Jewish life developed in the middle of the 19th century, inspired by immigrants from the East and the West. The changing political allegiances of the town and region after 1919 made it easy for the township to blossom rapidly, growing from approx. 2000 inhabitants to almost 7000 inhabitants in the interwar period. Moreover, in the 30s Klaipeda became an important centre of Zionist emigration. The anti-Semitic politics in Germany which began after 1933 had rapid effects on the situation in the Memel territory. When Hitler occupied the region in March 1939 by issuing an ultimatum, the Jewish community was suddenly exterminated. The Jews of the region, who primarily fled to Lithuania, fell foul of the fiendish interplay of the National Socialist and the Stalinist dictatorship, which only a few of them survived.

Opening Reception, June 26th, 2013 at 7pm

Link to the exhibition
Link to pictures of the opening

Opening lecture 50 min on YouTube

Holocaust Resource Center & Archives
Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave. Bayside, NY 11364 

Organizing body:

  • Jews in East Prussia. Association for Culture and History
  • Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, Queensborough Community College

Curator: Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz,
(postal address: Friedrichstraße 95, 10117 Berlin, Germany)