Current-day Artists’ Interviews

Ajith Kumparasiri, a musician living in Sri Lanka, is one of many artists today that connect to the issues of the Jewish Kulturbund artists who lived in Nazi Germany.  They are musicians, actors, choreographers, dancers, and visual artists, continuing their art despite the pressures, threats, and oppression they experience.  They make tough choices about whether to stay in their countries or emigrate, … Read More

Shared Stories

The centerpiece of our story is told through first-hand accounts captured in interviews with Kulturbund artists between 2002 and 2004 and current-day artists that we started interviewing in 2013.  They live around the world in places such as Afghanistan, Argentina, Congo DRC, India, Iran, Mali, Niger, Russia, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Ukraine.  In addition, to these stories, … Read More

About the Project

The Jüdische Kulturbund Project explores the dilemmas that Jewish artists faced in Germany back in the 1930s and early 1940s and contemporary artists confront around the world today. Fight for freedom or escape? What is your moral obligation? What do you do as an intellectual artist living in a tyrannical state: do you risk your … Read More