Jacob Teitel and the Association of Russian Jews in Germany (1920-1935)
Opening: Sunday, February 11 at 3 p.m. with Elena Solominski
An exhibition of the Jacob Teitel Academy
Curator: Dr. Elena Solominski
The exhibition focuses on Jacob Teitel's commitment to the international recognition of the rights of Jewish refugees. He established contacts with German Jewry and was committed to global solidarity. Teitel was actively involved in international Jewish welfare. However, it is not only his work that is addressed and explained, but also the stories and biographies of other emigrants and their social commitment. Jacob Teitel was born in 1850 in Tschornyj Ostriw (then Russian Tsarist Empire, now Ukraine). He studied law in Moscow and joined the civil service in 1885. As the only Jewish investigating judge in Russia, he was mainly active in the Volga region of the country: in Samara and Saratov. After the October Revolution in 1917, he emigrated to Central and Western Europe - as did many representatives of the Russian Jewish intelligentsia - and initially lived in Berlin. In 1921, he was elected chairman of the "Association of Russian Jews in Germany". The association was banned by the National Socialists in 1935. In 1933, Teitel emigrated to France, where he died in 1939.
"I have always thought that the purpose of help is not to provide material support, but rather to ensure that people do not lose their faith and feel infinitely lonely and abandoned".
Jacob Teitel in an interview in the newspaper "Rul`", Berlin, 1923