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Lutherhaus Eisenach, "Nazi bell" in the special exhibition "Study and Eradication"
Lutherhaus Eisenach, View of the special exhibition on the so-called Dejudaization Institute of  the Protestant Churches
Lutherhaus Eisenach, Visitor in front of an exhibition wall in der special exhibition "Study and Eradication"

‘Dejudaization Institute’

Special exhibition: “Study and Eradication. The Church’s ‘Dejudaization Institute’, 1939–1945”
September 20, 2019 - December 23, 2024

Eleven regional Protestant churches established the infamous “Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Church Life” in Eisenach in May of 1939. How and why did this anti-Semitic “Dejudaization Institute” emerge in Eisenach? You will learn this in our well-grounded and critical special exhibition. We examine the institute’s background and intellectual roots, its methods and projects, the impact of its work and the arduous path toward scholarly treatment of this history after 1945.

The multimedia exhibition is fully bilingual (German and English) and wheelchair accessible. It will be open for viewing during the Lutherhaus’s regular hours at least until the end of 2024. The companion volume to the exhibition is available in English too.

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We gratefully thank the sponsors of this exhibition project:

“Nine hundred years of Jewish life in Thuringia”

The Stiftung Lutherhaus Eisenach was an event partner of the “Nine hundred years of Jewish life in Thuringia” themed year in 2020/2021.