Monthly Archives: December 2011

Book Discussion: Joseph Roth, a Life in Letters

Joseph Roth on a train platform in France, 1926

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:30 pm A panel including translator Michael Hoffmann Robert Weil, New Yorker fiction editor Willing Davidson, the author and record producer Anthony Heilbut, and author Fran Lebowitz discuss one of the greatest voices in 20th century German literature.

Lecture: Topography of Terror – A New Exhibit on a Historic Site

The new "Topography of Terror" Exhibition Center (cc) flickr user 96dpi

Friday, January 20, 2012 11:00 am The Gestapo, the SS, and the Reich Main Security office were once housed in the same building just steps away from Potsdamer Platz in the heart of Berlin. Today a permanent exhibition documents apparatus of Nazi persecution. Dr. Andreas Nachama, director of the “Topography of Terror” foundation, will discuss the exhibition’s new permanent home as well as an exhibition coming to the UN.

Inaugural Moses Mendelssohn Award for Critical Thinking Awarded to Henry Kissinger

westerwelle-kissinger-wolfe

On December 12, 2011, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle awarded the inaugural Moses Mendelssohn Award for Critical Thinking to former Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York. Westerwelle lauded Kissinger as an “indispensable pillar of the transatlantic friendship.”  “Henry Kissinger…

2012 Leo Baeck Medal Awarded to Artist Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer and Guido Westerwelle

On December 12, 2011, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle awarded the Leo Baeck Medal to German Artist Anselm Kiefer during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York.

Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture: Bismarck and the Growth of Modern Anti-Semitism in Germany

Otto von Bismarck

Thursday, December 15, 2011 6:30 pm Professor Jonathan Steinberg is the author of the highly acclaimed new book Bismarck: A Life. Steinberg describes the political genius of the man who dominated his era. Bismarck’s belief in Prussia’s cohesion and authority, and in a nationalism that could be put to good use, ultimately led to Germany’s tragic 20th century.