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 breaking new ground 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 the bourgeois everyday life.
The cheerful family photo of the Eisemann, Cantor Michael and his wife Clara, with their two sons Ralf and Ludwig and the Christian housekeeper Franziska, is the model of the exhibition.
In all four rooms, community room (Alsatian: Kahlstub), Herrenzimmer (study), children’s room and 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 Kantor Michael Eisemann formulated 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.
Audio sample “Special tasks for a good student”:
While Kantor Eisemann waits for his student group, he speaks with Hans David Blum about a job in the old cemetery.