Why the head of the Jewish Museum in Berlin resigned

Professor Peter Schfer
:That’s why the head of the Jewish Museum has resigned

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The former director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Peter Schfer in front of the Daniel Libeskind building of the museum in Berlin.

The former director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Peter Schfer in front of the Daniel Libeskind building of the museum in Berlin.

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dpa / Wolfgang Kumm

Berlin –

Professor Peter Schfer, director of the Jewish Museum since 2014, has resigned from his post. Minister of State Monika Grtters has accepted the decision of the 75-year-old, globally recognized Judaist. He has been criticized in public since the exhibition “Welcome to Jerusalem”.

It had not only aroused the anger of members of the Berlin Jewish community, but also of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Shepherd’s contract had been extended for another year in May. But then a tweet from the museum’s press department came to light, pointing to a statement from 240 Jewish and Israeli intellectuals who opposed the German Bundestag calling for Israeli boycott calls by the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions). ) had described as anti-Semitic.

Jewish Museum was opened in September 2001

“The trust of the Jewish community has squandered the leadership of the house,” said Josef Schuster, chairman of the Central Council of Jews. He thought it was not bad, “if there is a future Jewish leadership in the Jewish Museum Berlin”.

The Jewish Museum in the Lindenstrae in Berlin.

The Jewish Museum in the Lindenstrae in Berlin.

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imago / Stefan Zeitz

The Jewish Museum Berlin was opened in September 2001. It is the largest of its kind in Europe. It had more than 600,000 visitors last year.

It is a federal immediate foundation. For June 20, a special session of the Foundation Council, Gtz Aly is one of the members, convened the museum.