9. PERMANENT EXHIBITION “JEWISH LIFE IN BREISACH 1931”

With the permanent exhibition “Jewish Life in Breisach 1931” on the upper floor of the Blue House, the association is exploring new paths in the teaching of history. The former living quarters of the last cantor Michael Eisemann and his family as well as the community room provide a lively access to everyday life of the Eisemann family and the Jewish community in the spring of 1931, shortly before the Passover celebration. The room texts (German and English) inform about the respective use of the rooms, selected key objects from the small collection of the house give an insight into the religious life as into the bourgeois everyday life.

 

The cheerful family photo of the Eisemann’s, Cantor Michael and his wife Clara, with their two sons Ralph and Ludwig and the Christian housekeeper Franziska, is the model of the exhibition.

 

In all four rooms, the community room (Alsatian: Kahlstub), the study (Herrenzimmer), the children’s room and the kitchen, radio play stations are installed for interactive use. The short radio plays, available in German and English, reflect ordinary everyday life stories of the family. It is about the school life of the boys, cooking recipes, preparations for the Passover celebration or the draft of a funeral speech, which Cantor Michael Eisemann wrote for a deceased member of the community. The scripts for the radio plays are based on interviews and recordings by Ralph Eisemann and Hans-David Blum as well as historical newspaper articles. The short dialogues illustrate exemplary everyday situations of the year 1931 in the former parish hall. It was the penultimate year in which Jewish citizens were able to live an undisturbed life in Germany before the Nazi dictatorship brought a violent end to it.

 

 

The exhibition was supported by the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg (LpB) from the state of Baden-Württemberg.

 

 

COMMUNITY ROOM

Radio play “Synagogue council meeting”

Cantor Eisemann and synagogue president Hermann Bähr discuss the latest developments in the community.

Michael Eisemann, Hermann Bähr, duration: 03:03 Min.

 

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Radio play “A good student gets a special assignment”

While Cantor Eisemann waits for his pupils to arrive, he chats with Hans David Blum about a job that needs to be done in the old cemetery.

Michael Eisemann, Hans David Blum, duration: 02:52

 

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THE STUDY

 

Radio play “Shabbat!”

Clara Eisemann is expecting the arrival of her husband and sons after Sabbath services. She chats with Franziska, her household help, about everyday matters.

Clara Eisemann, Franziska, duration: 01:40 Min.

 

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Radio playThe cantor at work”

Michael Eisemann withdraws to write a eulogy and, together with his wife, Clara, remembers their late community member fondly.

Clara and Michael Eisemann, duration: 03:10 Min.

 

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KITCHEN

 

Radio play “Seeking the best recipe: Preparing for Passover”

Clara Eisemann discusses a menu for the first day of the holiday, with Franziska, her household help.

Clara Eisemann, Franziska, duration: 02:40 Min.

 

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Radio play “Shopping on Judengasse Street… and some gossip”

Clara Eisemann and her housekeeper prepare a shopping list for the holidays. Where can they buy good food most economically? Residents of Judengasse come to life, through this conversation.

Clara Eisemann, Franziska, duration: 03:10 Min.

 

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CHILDREN’S ROOM

 

Radio play “Secrets”

Rolf Eisemann and his friend Alfred gleefully describe a boyish prank among friends. The cantor lets them watch as he slaughters a chicken.

Rolf Eisemann, Alfred Weil, duration: 01:40 Min.

 

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Radio play “Leisure Time”

The boys want to go sledding on the Augustinerberg. But they also dream of summer and swimming in the Rhine.

Rolf, Ludwig and Clara Eisemann, duration: 01:42 Min

 

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AFTER THE SHOAH

This room will be opened in April 2021.

 

 

 

Radio play “The network of Breisach families in exile”

Letter from January 6, 1946 from Clara Eisemann in New York, USA, to Semi Uffenheimer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Clara Eiseman, 04:05 Min.

 

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Radio play  “Looking back in sadness”

“I lived in this house surrounded by a happy family that was destroyed.”

Ralph Eisemann, 05:24 Min.

 

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