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2012/2013 Fellows

Moritz Steinschneider writing at his desk

LBI New York continues to support new scholarship in German- Jewish History during 2012–2013 through the administration of the following grants and fellowships. David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship: This fellowship provides financial assistance to scholars whose research projects are connected with the writing of Professor David Baumgardt or his scholarly interests, including Ethics, Wissenschaft des Judentums…

Harry Ettlinger and Otto Oppenheimer: Story of a Monuments Man

The author (l.) with Harry Ettlinger (c.) and Jochen Wolf at the Center for Jewish
History, August 2010. Courtesy Jochen Wolf.

In 2011 LBI helped a town in Germany honor its Jewish past and connect with one of its native sons, Harry Ettlinger. Now Ettlinger’s military service during WWII is the subject of an upcoming major motion picture. Those who want the full story will find it in the LBI archives. By Michael Simonson Like many…

An Intellectual Resistance

Manfred George became Editor of Aufbau in 1939.

Language is the very essence of identity and culture; it is the “raison d’être” for a writer, who uses the power that comes with the command of language to act as the conscience of society. The Nazis abused the German language for their political goals and especially their propaganda, but Aufbau has used it to advocate for German-Jewish concerns until the present day.

“Aufbau” – Reconstruction as a Mission

The masthead on the inaugural issue of Aufbau.

Aufbau shuttered its New York offices in August 2004, but the paper’s story did not end there. The Swiss company JM Jüdische Medien AG acquired the paper and re-launched it as a monthly magazine a year later. JM Jüdische Medien’s US Editor, Andreas Mink, reflects on the history of the paper and its journey back to…

Ein deutsch-jüdisches Soccer-Team in New York 1938 bis 1942

The youth team of the New World Club at the “Sterling Oval” in the Bronx, undated

In the 1930s and 1940s, a lively soccer culture was supported in the New York City area by immigrants from all over Europe, including Jewish refugees from Germany. Fans who craved the latest on Jewish teams like the New World Club, Hakoah New York, and Maccabi would find it in the pages of Aufbau.

Showdown at the Sterling Oval, 1942: Soccer Coverage in Aufbau

The youth team of the New World Club at the “Sterling Oval” in the Bronx, undated

In the 1930s and 1940s, a lively soccer culture was supported in the New York City area by immigrants from all over Europe, including Jewish refugees from Germany. Fans who craved the latest on Jewish teams like the New World Club, Hakoah New York, and Maccabi would find it in the pages of Aufbau.

Discovery in Romania

A Transylvanian landscape. 
Photo by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall.

Over the past six months, LBI has conducted a survey of Jewish-related archives in Bukovina and Transylvania, two formerly German-speaking regions of Romania. Julie Dawson, the LBI archivist who spearheaded the project, explains how a chance finding in an abandoned synagogue led to a project that will radically expand access to Jewish records in a little-studied area by cataloging long-hidden resources online.

Documenting Jewish Life in East Germany

The gilded Moorish dome of the New Synagogue in Berlin, a symbol of resurgent
Jewish life in Germany and an iconic landmark in the nation’s vibrant capital.
Creative Commons Martin Biskoping

LBI is launching an initiative to document one of the least explored chapters of German-Jewish history: the contribution of German Jews to the foundation and development of East Germany.

LBI Opens Berlin Office

Dr. Miriam Bistrovic, LBI’s new representative in Berlin.

The office on Glinkastraße is the first step toward a more prominent role for the Leo Baeck Institute in making Germans more aware of the long and illustrious heritage we shared until 1933.

Experiencing 1933, One Day and One Document at a Time

May 3, 1933. Holding a cone full of candy, six-year-old Peter Jacob smiles shyly at the camera—he has just had his first day of school at the public Elementary School 25 in Sybelstrasse steps away from his parent’s home in Berlin. Visit the 1933 project to learn more about Peter.

The Jewish Museum Berlin’s online project “1933: The Beginning of the End of German Jewry” presents a variety of primary source materials that bear witness to the disenfranchisement and exclusion of German Jews in 1933.