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Jewish Vienna: Opportunities and Innovations

A man and woman view theater listings on an advertising column in front of the Burgtheater in Vienna (c. 1905-1914). Emil Mayer (1871-1938)

Leo Baeck Institute focuses on the Jewish contribution to cultural life in Vienna. Extended through June 8, 2014.

Destination Shanghai: The Jewish Community of Shanghai, 1936-1949

David L. Bloch, Self Portrait in a Rickshaw, watercolor, 1943

June 19 – September 21, 2012 LBI’s new exhibition looks at life in Shanghai’s Jewish Ghetto, the last refuge for almost 20,000 German and Austrian Jews between 1936 and 1941. Shanghai was virtually the last destination for European Jews where visas were not required.

Seder Hagadah Shel Pesah, Amsterdam, 1711

Offenbacher Haggadah

The Offenbach Haggadah was commissioned by Dr. Siegfried Guggenheim (1873-1961) an attorney and avid collector of rare books in Offenbach, near Frankfurt. The type designer Rudolf Koch created new fonts and the painter Fritz Kredel, a student of Koch’s, illustrated the new Haggadah inspired by the first Offenbach Haggadah which was printed in 1772. The…

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…

German and Austrian Émigré Musicians

Bruno Walter, Conductor, 1876 - 1962

As Leo Baeck Institute honors Maestro Kurt Masur, who left such an enduring imprint on cultural and political life in both Leipzig and New York, we present a selection of documents from LBI Archives related to émigré composers and musicians who also shaped musical culture on both sides of the Atlantic a generation before him.

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