In November 2012, the museum known as THE KENNEDYS moved from Pariser Platz near the Brandenburg Gate to a former Jewish Girls School (Jüdische Mädchenschule) on Auguststraße in Mitte. On the second floor there, visitors will find over 350 photographs drawn from the collection of the Camera Work Gallery documenting the triumphs and tragedies of the Kennedy family. The themes range from their emergence as one of the riches families in the USA to JFK's presidential campaign of and his 1,000 days in the White House all the way to the grief following his violent death in November 1963. Kennedy's visit to West Berlin in June 1963 and his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in front of Schöneberg City Hall receives its own individual chapter here. The photographs are also complemented by personal objects, notes and official documents.
The photos by Steve Schapiro, Will McBride, Robert Lebeck and others tell more than just the life and times of John F. Kennedy: they are witnesses to the construction of a myth. The photos of Kennedy in private – those famous images seen in Life Magazine and other publications – promoted a charismatic, casual, family-friendly and good-looking politician who became the hope of his generation.
PLEASE NOTE: THE KENNEDYS goes on world tour, therefore the location at The Former Jewish Girls' School Berlin is closed.