A century of Jewish life in Berlin
9 interviews. 12 voices. 100 years of Jewish life in Berlin. Told by those who lived it.
On 17 September 1916, the Fraenkelufer Synagogue in Berlin, Germany, was opened. The original structure could seat more than 2,000 congregants. This was burned down in 1938 by the SS and Nazi supporters. Shortly thereafter, the synagogue, like all Jewish institutions, was shut, and most of Berlin's Jews were deported and murdered in the Holocaust. The remains of the synagogue reopened immediately after the War, hosting High Holiday services for survivors, and Jewish members of the American and Russian armed forces. This historic event was photographed by famed Magnum founder, Robert Capa.
Fraenkelufer has struggled to remain open over the decades, despite the central role it's played in the Berlin Jewish community. However, as Berlin itself has found new life since the fall of the Berlin Wall, so too has Fraenkelufer. A new, young generation of Jews has come to the synagogue, founding a nonprofit to see this place of religion, culture and community be restored to its rightful place.
As part of 100th anniversary celebration, I have shot and edited interviews with both old and new members of the synagogue who represent almost the entire span of its existence. The interviews supplement an exhibit now hanging on the perimeter of the synagogue.
What still needs to be done? Subtitling, resolving possible rights issues and obtaining higher-quality images.
Watch all the interviews here: https://vimeo.com/channels/1124121
Risks and challenges
This is a low-risk project. The videos have already been shot, edited and are online. Still necessary is subtitling, resolving possible rights issues and obtaining higher-quality images.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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