Opening of the exhibition „Jewish Life in Germany Today“

On Thursday, 15 June 2017, the exhibition „Jewish Life in Germany Today“ was inaugurated by His Excellency The General  Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) at B’nai B’rith Centre Sydney.

The exhibition, a joint project of the German Consulate General, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and B’nai B’rith, highlighted how Jewish citizens live and work in Germany today and how they have become again an important part of German society. In his inaugural speech His Excellency underlined the importance of an ever growing and flourishing Jewish community in Germany, also as role model for prospective integration of different ethnic groups.

The speech of His Excellency was accompanied by an insightful lecture of Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod pointing outperspectives on the “Majesty and Tragedy of a Thousand Years of Jewish History”. Another highlight of the evening was the musical performance of the violinist Victor Avila playing the “Erwin Schulhoff Sonata”.

After the official part of the opening the 120 guests took the opportunity to exchange views about the exhibition during a reception. The opening attracted a diverse audience with representatives from the Australian Jewish Community, some of them with a German background, representatives of the New South Wales Government, Consul Generals and representatives of local German Institutions.
During the reception, after the opening ceremony, many attendees expressed their appreciation for this exhibition.

“Jewish Life in Germany Today” is an important initiative of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the local Jewish community. Many survivors of the Holocaust – some of them with German roots -  immigrated during and after World War II to Today in Germany the number of Jewish citizens has increased considerably. The flourishing Jewish communities play an important role for the entire German society. The poster exhibition combines concise and striking statements of Jews to explain historical and contemporary aspects of Jewish Life in Germany. 

The exhibition will be displayed until 30 July 2017. Find more information about “Jewish Life in Germany Today” and about visiting the exhibition here: