ARTHUR LANGERMAN FOUNDATION

The “Arthur Langerman Archive for the Study of Visual Antisemitism Foundation” (Arthur Langerman Foundation) oversees the extensive collection of visual antisemitica donated by its founder. It is committed to the humanistic-enlightenment ideals to which he has dedicated his life. The Arthur Langerman Foundation is administered in trust by Technische Universität Berlin and is based at the Center for Research on Antisemitism. It is a non-profit organization and makes its founder’s unique collection available for research, educational and exhibition purposes. It thus promotes the academic and educational examination and discussion of visual antisemitism.

The Collection

The Langerman Collection contains more than 8,000 objects of visual antisemitica from four centuries, originating from almost all European countries, the USA, Iran and North Africa. As an illustrated archive of the history of anti-Jewish animosity, it represents an unparalleled source of information.

About the Founder

Belgian Holocaust survivor Arthur Langerman has been collecting antisemitic images of various kinds for more than half a century. He sees them as obvious precursors to the National Socialist genocide of the Jews and as a warning for current and future generations.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Arthur Langerman Foundation steers the strategic development of the “Arthur Langerman Archive for the Study of Visual Antisemitism” (ALAVA). Its members, including Langerman, ensure that the foundation’s objectives are met.

I want my collection to be used for the practical purpose of educating people about the history and dangers of antisemitism, through academic research, education and exhibitions.

Arthur Langerman, 2020

Arthur Langerman Archive for the Study of Visual Antisemitism

In order to implement the goals of the Arthur Langerman Foundation, the “Arthur Langerman Archive for the Study of Visual Antisemitism” (ALAVA) is being established at the Center for Research on Antisemitism of Technische Universität Berlin. Its staff is responsible for the scientific, organizational, and administrative work of the Arthur Langerman Foundation as well as for the preservation, expansion, research, and running of the Langerman Collection. The staff also fields all questions regarding educational use of the collection.

Arthur Langerman Archive for the Study of Visual Antisemitism

In order to implement the goals of the Arthur Langerman Foundation, the “Arthur Langerman Archive for the Study of Visual Antisemitism” (ALAVA) is being established at the Center for Research on Antisemitism of Technische Universität Berlin. Its staff is responsible for the scientific, organizational, and administrative work of the Arthur Langerman Foundation as well as for the preservation, expansion, research, and running of the Langerman Collection. The staff also fields all questions regarding educational use of the collection.

Object of the Semester

Each semester, the Arthur Langerman Foundation will present an image, caricature or other object from the “Arthur Langerman Archive for the Study of Visual Antisemitism.” Focusing on this “Object of the Semester,” we analyze specific motifs, topoi, materials and manifestations of visual antisemitism, explain their historical background and outline their development and significance from past to present. Our purpose is to raise awareness about the role of anti-Jewish representations in the dissemination, entrenchment, and persistence of antisemitic prejudices and conspiracy fantasies, and sensitize the visitor to visual stereotypes. At the same time, this provides an insight into our diverse holdings and potential research avenues, in the hopes of awakening the interest of future users of the archive.

In Conversation with Arthur Langerman

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