Theater on the ship | the jewish general

No one can bypass this ship, it looks very attractive and powerful. It is 67 meters long and eight meters wide on the quayside of Spandau harbor.

There was a big rush last Monday night – the Jewish theater ship MS Goldberg was there with the world premiere of Armin Petras. the singer Based on the novel of the same name by Lucas Hartmann about the tragic fate of the famous tenor Joseph Schmidt.

performance Schmidt died in 1942 as a Jewish refugee in Switzerland of a heart condition that was neglected by doctors. The central stations of his life were presented in a captivating and musical show in just under 80 minutes.

Actors Ferdinand Lehmann and Christian Freund and actress Laila Abdallah, each of whom played in several roles, caused a shudder when it came to the beginning of the First World War in 1914, flight and persecution during the Second World War – during the Ukraine War. The play seems oppressively updated in many places – but also to break free from laughter, for example about a conceited Swiss border official who refuses entry to Josef Schmidt.

The singer’s voice only sounds at the end with the famous song “Song Around the World”. A logical decision – if you want to hear more from Joseph Schmidt, catch up on MS Goldberg when the 1933 movie of the same name comes out May 30-31.

the first show At the premiere of the movie the singer On Monday, among others, Berlin’s ruling Mayor Franziska Jaffe (SPD), who welcomed Theaterschiff makers and the public, and the federal government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein. A successful start, nearly all 190 seats in the former space of MS Goldberg were filled. The only point of criticism: the ventilation of the hall should be improved by summer.

This will be followed by several performances, chamber concerts, readings, a talk show, and film screenings. There is at least one event every day. The association “Discover Jewish Europe”, to which Jewish and non-Jewish artists belong, is behind this concept.

On a Sunday morning, the day before the premiere, director Peter Sauerbaum stands at the railing and is interrogated by passersby. “What kind of ship is this?” , “What is being played?” Can we have a program? The manager answers everything patiently and seems happy. While other interested parties will have to stay outside, Jüdische Allgemeine has the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the former cargo ship a day before the premiere. The performance venue is the so-called auto cargo ship built in 1964 at VEB Elbewerft Boizenburg.

theater hall “Look, that’s where the bistro goes, which unfortunately isn’t over yet,” says Peter Sauerbaum. The room is wrapped in silver aluminum, they didn’t go over that, also because €50,000 is missing for that. The former loading area, which was 50 meters long, began where the bistro was planned. A few steps lead to the waiting room where the toilets are also located. It smells like fresh wood.

Then he goes to the theater hall, also still in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe former cargo part of the ship. At the end of the room there is a grand piano, and props are on the floor. If you get a window seat during the performance, you can also take a look at Havel. The blue chairs with yellow dots come from the Rheinsberg Castle Chamber Opera. You are on loan.

MS Goldberg is anchored firmly in Spandauer Kai.

Sounds penetrate the ship’s interior from the outside. Peter Sauerbaum rises from his chair and walks a few meters to the fence where curious passersby stand. Unfortunately, the software brochures are out of print at the moment, but all the information is also on the home page, he tells them.

stomach The tour continues by holding the ship. If you pass by the grand piano, behind it you will find toilets and toilets for artists. Where the ladies’ dressing room now was the captain’s cabin. Where his bathtub used to stand is now the men’s area. “Goldberg doesn’t even swing when another ship comes in,” Peter Sohrbaum says with relief.

“It is safe and secure, thanks to the four lines,” adds the captain and current boatman, Artur Toszynski. Under the coat room is the machine room. “If you take good care of it, the motor can live for 100 years,” says Sorbaum.

Goldberg’s transfer cost one million euros, which lasted more than six months and was funded by the German Category Lottery Foundation. €200,000 has been added as the purchase price. “We want our events to touch the heart, provide information and provide excellent entertainment,” Sauerbaum hopes.

Because they will depend on exchange, mutual inspiration and mutual acceptance of minorities in a Talmudic manner. “We consider this an important contribution against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.”

Team Goldberg’s team consists of about 20 members, including RBB presenter Shelly Kupferberg, violinist Liv Migdal, pianist and composer Max Doehlemann, and literary scholar Wolfgang Trautwein.

The program aims to depict Jewish life in the past and present – and aims to “provide perspectives for us Jews”. Worship services will also be celebrated under the supervision of Rabbi Walter Rothschild and a Shabbat dinner will be served.

Since Wednesday, a 20-meter banner has also indicated the future role of the MS Goldberg as a “Jewish theater ship.” “It is likely that more people will stop and ask questions,” Sauerbaum suspects. His cell phone rings. Artur Tuszynski, a few meters from the ship, announced the delivery of the rest of the chairs.

A few minutes later, navigator and technical director Klaus Weichmann arrived with a pile of chairs. Meanwhile, a woman looks at Goldberg intently and visualizes her. She wants to know more. Peter Sauerbaum presents the project and is happy to deliver new software as well. One of them handed her over.

Allow After some bureaucratic disagreements, a landing phase until May 31 was approved. “Actually, we had the perfect spot at Lindenufer 12 next to the Memorial Stone, but that’s the lock-up car park,” says Sauerbaum, who is also Chorin Music Summer Director.

Goldberg soon sails to Potsdam for the Berlin-Brandenburg Jewish Film Festival, then to Wannsee and finally to Schiffbauerdam. She’s on the road, taking culture to different places. “We are also excited and can imagine that our mobile platform will also create a space that opens new horizons depending on the location of the anchor.

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