The Danish Jewish Museum

The opening exhibition of the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen is a broad presentation of Jewish life in Denmark through 400 years, and is a selection from the museum's own collection.

The top architect Daniel Libeskind's characteristic architecture will - in an almost labyrinthine manner - lead you into the enthralling universe of the Danish Jewish culture.

The exhibition was put together in close dialogue with Daniel Libeskind's architecture, which is reminiscent of the famous Jewish Museum in Berlin.

The good deed of the Mitzvah

It is this good deed, which has become the focal point of Daniel Libeskind's architecture, as he has based his design of the museum on the unique circumstance of Danish-Jewish history that the majority of Danish Jews were saved from Nazi persecution by their Danish compatriots during the Second World War.

The emblem and concept of the museum interior is the Hebrew word 'Mitzvah', which can be translated as obligation or good deed.

The word 'Mitzvah' represents the generally positive Jewish experience in Denmark and the special experience of being saved, and has become part of the museum's logo.

At the museum you get to experience different events, films and guided tours and you can use the reading room, which however mostly holds Danish material.