"We lived in an oasis of peace..."

During the Nazi era, the Jewish girls' school in Wolfratshausen developed into a refuge for young women from all over the German Reich who were seeking protection from hostility and marginalisation or had to prepare for their emigration. During the Reichspogromnacht on 9/10 November 1938, all female pupils and teachers were expelled - "Wolfratshausen is free of Jews!" was the headline of the local newspaper at the time.

The school

It was a special school in a special time. Originally, young women were supposed to learn how to run a Jewish household according to ritual rules and prepare themselves for further economic, social and educational professions.

During the Nazi era, the school (in the former Hotel Reisert) developed into a place of refuge. Young girls from all over the German Reich came here to protect themselves from hostility and marginalisation or to prepare for their emigration.
Agricultural training, which was of particular importance in Wolfratshausen, later became almost essential for the survival of many schoolgirls, as it was one of the requirements for a visa to save their lives abroad.
During the Reichspogromnacht on 9/10 November 1938, all pupils and teachers were forcibly expelled. The school was closed.

The contemporary witnesses

At the centre of the exhibition are the memories of former schoolgirls, which were recorded on camera in Israel, the USA, England and Canada.

Their lives and stories convey a moving, very personal impression of that time. The exhibition also commemorates all the schoolgirls who were murdered by the National Socialists.

The exhebition

The multimedia exhibition focuses on the fate of Jewish families during the Nazi dictatorship from the special perspective of women and children. As a pioneering model project at the time, the school is still of supra-regional importance today.

The travelling exhibition is designed for museums, schools and community centres; picture panels, sculptures, video and audio stations provide a multi-layered approach to the topic. Didactic teaching materials are also available.

An accompanying volume has been published by Dölling & Galitz in cooperation with the Bavarian State Centre for Political Education.

The exhibition has already been shown throughout Germany and was honoured with the Tassilo Culture Prize from the Süddeutsche Zeitung. It is returning to Wolfratshausen for its 50th stop and will be shown at the BADEHAUS memorial centre.



March 8, 2024 - September 22, 2024

During opening hours:
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 - 5 pm

Location and price

On the garden floor
of the BADEHAUS memorial

Included in the entrance fee

Guided tours

Special guided tours by arrangement

Further information

A travelling exhibition of the
Historical Association Wolfratshausen (HVW)

Project team at the BADEHAUS memorial site:
Justine Bittner, Jonathan Coenen
Dr, Sybille Krafft, Liesa Lahne

In cooperation with the HVW

Fotos Copyright: Leo Baeck Institute New York

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