8 February 2024
Jewish Museum Berlin

With the participation of several hundred guests, the opening of the exhibition “My verses are like dynamite – Curt Bloch’s Het Onderwater Cabaret” was celebrated in the Glass Courtyard of the Jewish Museum on the evening of February 8, 2024. In addition to welcome speeches by Hetty Berg, Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, and Simone Bloch, daughter of Curt Bloch, as well as an introduction by Aubrey Pomerance and Ulrike Kuschel, who curated the exhibition, attendees could also experience an artistic presentation of selected Bloch poems by musician Marina Frenk and actor Richard Gonlag. The exhibition, lasting until 26 May 2024, displays the original magazines, reveals details about their creation, and provides information on further publications by Curt Bloch. Additionally, audio readings and a video performance bring Bloch’s verses to life.

Special publications

JMB Journal Nr. 26, Special publication
(German, English)
9 February 2024


Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin (German)
8 December 2023

Link to the magazine article (behind paywall)
Link to order the magazine

Het Onderwater Cabaret (Dutch)
16 November 2023



On the podium from left to right: Robert Dölle, Lara Fritzsche, Lars Reichardt – and Simone Bloch on the screen (Photo: Franz Klein)

18 January 2024
Literaturhaus München

For the first time, the poems of Curt Bloch were publicly presented in Germany: as part of a reading event organized by the Literaturhaus Munich, actor Robert Dölle (Residenztheater Munich) recited verses from the “Onderwater-Cabaret,” which were selected by Thilo von Debschitz and Curt Bloch’s daughter Simone Bloch. The reading was accompanied by an interview with Simone, who joined from New York. The discussion in the fully packed library was moderated by Lara Fritzsche, Deputy Chief Editor of the magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Lars Reichardt, also a member of the SZ-Magazin editorial team.