Exhibitions

Leo Baeck: Theologian, Scholar, Teacher

Leo Baeck arriving at LaGuardia Airport, 1949

The life of Leo Baeck (1873-1956) has been documented several times through biographies, writings, and letters. But it is in his capacity as the last leader of a united German Jewry during the Nazi years, and in his unswerving commitment to serving that community’s organizational and spiritual needs, that we honor him in this exhibit.

Imprints: Selected works by Diane Samuels

Works by Diane Samuels

Diane Samuels, whose work is a centerpiece of the Great Hall of the Center for Jewish History creates are that deals with with language, text and context, using the letters of the alphabet to create alternative approaches to communication, both between ordinary people and as a link to the Divine. The exhibit includes projects from Germany, Slovakia, Poland, and the US.

Persecuting Grandfathers, Interviewing Grandsons? Austrian Gedenkdienst in New York

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In 1995 the New York Leo Baeck Institute established a fascinating new project: Young Austrian conscientious objectors came to New York to do the equivalent of their military service by working at the Leo Baeck Institute interviewing Austrian refugees from their grandparents’ generation. These encounters have evolved into the Austrian Heritage Collection at LBI.

The Perils of Prominence: Jews in Berlin

Fritzi Massary in "Die Rose vom Stambul"

The social and political turmoil following Germany’s crushing defeat in World War I paved the way for daring innovations and profound changes in all areas of cultural and public life. Jews came to exemplify “modernity” in the Weimar Republic because so many Jewish artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs were on the forefront of change.

Credit Due: Eight German-Jewish Artists Persecuted by the Nazis

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This exhibit takes a close look at the experiences various artists underwent prior to their emigration and explores the phenomenon of emigration itself as an existential experience. The lives of these artists are as diverse as their artistic styles, but there are some commonalities: Most went from country to country, often unable to secure work or the right to stay.