This event celebrates the publication of Against the Grain, Jewish Intellectuals in Hard Times, a volume that reveals how Jewish intellectuals from German-speaking Europe reacted to the multiple crises of the 20th century.
Jonathan Kirsch and his son Adam discuss the new book The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan and reexamine the historical details and moral dimensions of one of World War II’s most enigmatic cases.
Born in Manhattan and raised in East Berlin, Irene Runge reflects in her new memoir on how the diversity and urbanity of Jewish life in her native city helped form her sense of Jewish identity and community in Berlin, before and after the fall of the wall.
Renowned historian Fritz Stern and author Elisabeth Sifton present their book on two of the Nazi regime’s most courageous and admirable opponents: the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi.
Professor Julius H. Schoeps will introduce a new English edition of the classic book Jews in Berlin, and Anne Nelson will discuss an edition of essays by Kurt Tucholsky, in English for the first time.
Ari Rath left Austria for Palestine when he was 13 years old and became the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Jerusalem Post. He discusses his new memoir with special guest Wolf Blitzer.
Bruce Ruben discusses his new biography of the German-born Rabbi Max Lilienthal, who shaped the development of Reform Judaism in the US.
In his new collection of essays, The Fan Who Knew Too Much (June 2012, Knopf), author Anthony Heilbut ranges across American culture with observations on the career of Aretha Franklin, gays in gospel music, the early history of soap operas, and the world of German exiles from Arendt to Zweig.
Shulamit Volkov will discuss her new book, Walther Rathenau: The Life of Weimar’s Fallen Statesman about the rise and tragic end of Weimar Germany’s Jewish Foreign Minister.
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