The collection of objects for the Danish Jewish Museum has been on-going since 1985, when the Foundation of the Danish Jewish Museum was created. In the preceding years two temporary exhibitions about Jewish life in Denmark received a great number of visitors, and the public interest indicated a demand for a more permanent museum framework to handle the collection, preservation and information about the Danish Jewish cultural heritage.
Since then the collection has been growing steadily. Today it contains more than 5.500 different objects. The main part of the collection is comprised of more than 1.500 three-dimensional objects and more than 3.500 photographs, while the remaining part consists of works of art, archival material, films, sound recordings and other materials.
The museum has a professionalised collection practice. This means, among other things, that the museum secures all relevant provenance information and continually develops an active and focused collection strategy.
Most of the objects in the collection have been donated by private individuals and a number of smaller Jewish associations and businesses. The largest Jewish congregation in Denmark, Det mosaiske Troessamfund, has also contributed with very significant donations to the museum.
The objects in the collection shed light on a broad number of different topics. The collection reflects many different conceptions about what it means to be Jewish - and what it means to be Danish - and thereby provides empirical basis for studies in processes of identity, integration and assimilation. The collection also contains important sources for the study of many different specific events in Danish Jewish history and European history.
The collection is relevant for researchers and students from a wide range of academic disciplines. This includes History, Art History, Hebrew and Yiddish Language Studies, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Minority Studies, Ethnology etc.
If you wish to make a donation or consult the collection, please contact Curator Bjarke Følner, bf@. jewmus.dk
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