Extended until 29 October 2023!
A Traveling Exhibition of the Jewish Museum Augsburg Swabia in Cooperation with the Network of Historical Synagogue Sites in Bavarian Swabia
After the National Socialists came to power, anti-Semitism in Germany was not only imposed from the top. Personal resentments continued to play an important role. As a result, anti-Jewish smear campaigns and violent measures often developed a dynamic of their own, as Jakob Feibelmann was forced to experience. Starting in 1933, the entrepreneur from Memmingen was flooded with anonymous threatening letters, which massively antagonized him and urged him to emigrate. At the end of 1934, he eventually fled to Palestine, taking with him the letters he had collected as evidence.
The exhibition examines the beginnings of National Socialist persecution of Jews at the local level on the basis of 22 reproductions of preserved letters and postcards. In doing so, it intertwines the history of perpetrators and victims and asks both about the originators of the hate messages and possible accomplices, as well as about the consequences for Jakob Feibelmann.
All exhibition texts are also available in English