Past Events

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.

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.

Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Dinner

Leo Baeck Medal

Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:00 pm German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will award the Leo Baeck Medal to Anselm Kiefer and bestow a special honor on Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. The presentation will take place during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York.

Lecture by Michael Meyer: “Scholarship and Worldliness: The Life and Work of Fritz Bamberger”

Dr. Fritz Bamberger

Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:30 pm at Hebrew Union College Michael Meyer will discuss the life and work of Dr. Fritz Bamberger, a noted German-Jewish scholar and specialist in Jewish intellectual history. After Hitler’s rise in Germany, he organized at great personal risk a system of schools from kindergarten to college for Jewish students expelled by the Nazis from public schools.

Book Presentation: Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust by Rebecca Boehling and Uta Larkey

Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust, Cambridge University Press, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:30 pm The authors of Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Cambridge University Press, 20011) will present their new book at Leo Baeck Institute. A family’s recently-discovered correspondence provides the inspiration for this fascinating and deeply-moving account of Jewish family life before, during and after the Holocaust.

Lecture: Across a Cultural Divide, by Paul Mendes Flohr: Rabindranath Tagore, Albert Einstein, and Martin Buber

Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore at Einstein's Berlin home in 1926, from the Albert Einstein Collection at LBI

Sunday, November 6, 2011 6:00 pm Leo Baeck Institute and The Asia Society present a lecture by Paul Mendes-Flohr about the fascinating relationship between German-Jewish intellectuals Albert Einstein and Martin Buber and the Bengali Poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Book Presentation: Einstein on the Road by Josef Eisinger

Einstein on the Road, by Josef Eisinger

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 pm At the height of his fame, Albert Einstein traveled throughout the world, from Japan to South America and many places in between. In Einstein on the Road, author Josef Eisinger has created a vivid and entertaining narrative that brings Einstein’s voice to the fore as he chronicles his encounters with royalty, presidents, movie stars, and artists

Symposium: A Continuing Conversation: Moses Mendelssohn and the Legacy of the Enlightenment

Moses Mendelssohn

Sunday, September 18th A day of discussion and debate devoted to exploring the wrings and legacy of Moses Mendelssohn, the 18th-century founder of modern Jewish thought. A group of international scholars will highlight recent scholarship related to contemporary issues in religion, secularism, politics, culture, language and identity.

Panel Discussion: Restitution of Nazi-looted Art – Latest Developments

Anselm Feuerbach - Head of A Girl

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:30pm Leo Baeck Institute and the American Council on Germany present a panel featuring three experts that represent a wide-range of domestic and international interests in connection with the recovery of Nazi-looted art.