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At the initiative of the French Representation, the Council of Europe welcomes the « Yossel de Rosheim (1478-1554) Exhibition, between the unique and the universal.   A  Jew committed to the Europe of his time and of ours” shown during the Spring  Parliamentary Session of the Council of Europe (April 22-26) in the Foyer of the Committee of Ministers.

Exhibition on Yossel de Rosheim, an important figure of Alsatian and European Judaism.

Composed of about twenty illustrated panels, the exhibition records the life and works of Yossel de Rosheim, representative to the cities, the Princes and the Emperor, elected by all the Jews of the Holy Roman Empire in its historic, religious and intellectual context. This turning point at the beginning of the Renaissance period in Europe witnessed the emergence of the Reform of Rhenish Humanism, the peasant war and the persecution of Jews. Yossel de Rosheim wanted to fight for them to live or rather to survive. This exhibition is presented for the first time in official European premises based in the region where Yossel was born and lived until the end of his life, when he was not travelling throughout Europe. The exhibit was shown at the Alsatian Region in Strasbourg, at the Historic Museum in Haguenau in 2012 and at the Humanist Library in Selestat in 2013. It will be at the Dominican Library in Colmar in 2014.

The exhibition was also produced in German and will be the subject of various events in different German and German speaking cities, i.e. those where Yossel lived. It was presented for the first time in Erfurt, at the Neue Synagoge, then in Speyer and Breisnach. It will also be shown in Essen, followed by Augsburg in 2013.

The exhibition was prepared under the scientific supervision of Freddy Raphaël, professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg, specialised in Alsatian and Rhenish Judaism and Werner Transier, curator of the Judaica collections of the Historic Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer. It is coproduced by B’nai B’rith Hirschler in Strasbourg and the Alte Synagoge Museum of Erfurt (Thuringia) with the help of the Society of the History of Israelites of Alsace and Lorraine. A catalogue/brochure of the exhibition will be on sale for € 5 in certain libraries in Strasbourg.

The production has been placed under the patronage of the Council of Europe and of AEJP, European Association for Valorisation and Promotion of the Jewish Culture and Heritage, which received the label of the European Route of Jewish Heritage in 2005.

The project has been realised thanks to the generous help of the Alsatian Region.
The preview will take place on April 23rd, 2013 at 1 p.m. under the presidency of Mr. Laurent Dominati, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe.