Dr. Marc Jarzebowski

Genealogy – History – Life

Professional Familyresearch

since 2004


Jewish Congregations in Philadelphia

Homeward It was great to come home this May and walk the streets of Philadelphia again. Virtually, at least. I have felt very connected to the city with its long immigration history since I immigrated there myself with my family, at least for a year, in June 2007....

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The Column of the Prisoners

The column Since 2000, a stele made of basalt lava, wrapped in a heavy, rusty chain, has stood in Berlin-Lichterfelde at Wismarer Strasse 26-36 on the Teltow Canal. This Column of Prisoners by the Rhineland-Palatinate sculptor Günther Öllers (1925-2011) commemorates a...

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Lars von Trier: Zentropa (1991)

Curfew My book of the month this time is a movie. A few days ago I watched it – in this cinema-less time – in the home cinema of a friend's household. A group of people are pressuring the young conductor Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr) to make an unscheduled stop of...

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Jewish Communities in Saxony-Anhalt

The Beginnings The territory of the modern federal state of Saxony-Anhalt belongs to the oldest Jewish settlement areas in Germany. Jewish merchants are mentioned in chronicles and in royal charters for the episcopal towns of Magdeburg, Merseburg and Halle as early as...

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Oppressive Architecture: the Nazi Hulk

Images and memory It's still winter and corona lockdown in Berlin. So there are not many opportunities to go to places other than one's own desk. What would we be in such times without the power of memory and without our memory aids: in the visual age these are photos...

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Holocaust Remembrance

Today Today, January 27th, is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. It was established in 2005 by the United Nations (UN), which thus took up the day of remembrance of the victims of Nazism. It has been marked in Germany since 1997, on...

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August Wilhelm Gildemeister

A Name with a Sound My parents had a friend named Gildemeister. Therefore, even as a child, I knew that this name stood for a respected bourgeois family in my hometown of Bremen.Johann Friedrich Gildemeister (1750-1812) and his son Johann Carl Friedrich (1779-1849)...

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SA Prison Papestrasse

The Way to the Memorial This memorial site in Berlin's Tempelhof district is at once one of the least known and one of the most impressive.I have known Papestrasse for a long time, because the Südkreuz station was called Papestrasse before it was converted into one of...

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Spuren der NS-Verfolgung (Traces of NS Persecution)

 Spuren der NS-Verfolgung. Provenienzforschung in den kulturhistorischen Sammlungen der Stadt Hannover, hgg. v. Museum August Kestner. Johannes Schwartz und Simone Vogt, Hannover 2019. Origin Genealogy and provenance research have much in common. Both sub-disciplines...

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