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Germany launches ‘Jew In The Box’ museum exhibit

By Mason White 11:20 AM March 31, 2013
Jew in the box exhibit in Germany 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A new museum exhibit about Jews is causing discomfort for many Jews who claim that despite the positive goal of the exhibit putting the Jews in a museum as an exhibit is offensive, according to press reports in Germany.

Almost 70 years after the Holocaust, with less than 200,000 Jews among the 82 million inhabitants of Germany, few Germans born after World War II know any Jews or much about them.

To help educate the postwar generations, an exhibition at the Jewish Museum has a Jew or a woman sitting inside a glass box for two hours a day to answer questions from visitors about Jews and Jewish life. The base of the box asks: “Are there still Jews in Germany?”

“Many of our visitors do not know anything about Jews and have questions they want to have answered,” the official at the museum, Tina Luedecke, said. “This exhibit offers an opportunity for people to know more about Jews and Jewish life,” she added.
Not everyone thinks that putting a Jew on display is the best way to foster understanding and mutual respect.

Since the exhibition opened earlier this month, the “Jew in the box,” as it is popularly known, has been criticized within the Jewish community, especially in the city where the Nazis orchestrated the slaughter of 6 million Jews until the defeat of Adolf Hitler in 1945.

“This is a quick and easy way to reach a lot of Germans and educate them about Jews by answering their own questions they may have been carrying around for a long time without anyone to answer them. So in my opinion this is a very good idea,” Jonathan Siman Tov, 49, an Israeli currently living in Berlin, Germany told YourJewishNews.com.
Other Jews however don’t necessarily agree.

“I think that this is the wrong way to educate people about Jews. There should be other more positive ways to answer questions people may have. Not every subject is taught with a museum exhibit,” Miriam Goldberg, 39, from Miami, Florida told YourJewishNews.com.

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