101 Vera King Farris Dr, Absecon, NJ 08205
“Final Sale: the End of Jewish-Owned Businesses in Nazi Berlin” offers a detailed portrait of many of the thousands of Jewish-owned businesses that were closed or taken over by non-Jewish Germans after the Nazis took power in Germany in 1933. The focus on a limited number of companies of varying sizes and economic branches is revealing in many ways. Clearly, Jewish businesses were a vibrant and diverse part of the general German economy before the Third Reich. Once the Nazis took power, the pressure to sell or emigrate, including legal persecution, became stronger over time, and impossible to resist after Kristallnacht on November 9-10, 1938. Eventually, all Jewish businesses were closed, sold—usually at far below their actual value—or taken over by non-Jews. Many of the owners were able to emigrate, but others became victims of the deportations to Nazi camps.
By viewing this history of discrimination and state-sanctioned theft of private property, visitors will gain a better understanding of the ways that civil society and human decency can be subverted in a short period of time.
This exhibit is appropriate for grades 4 through 12 and supplements the New Jersey Holocaust and Genocide Mandate.
DATES AND TIMES AVAILABLE FOR SCHEDULING SCHOOL GROUPS: Monday, November 16, 2015 through Friday, December 18, 2015, 8:30am-3:30pm. Every effort will be made to provide trained exhibit guides. See the attached flyers for more information about the event and to schedule tours.