Events by type: Discussion

The upheaval and mass migrations of WWI led to new encounters between Eastern and Western European Jews, and narrowed the divide between these two cultures. This roundtable examines the consequences of these encounters and the origins of the Jewish East-West division. With Steve Aschheim (Hebrew University), Hasia Diner (NYU), and Anson Rabinbach (Princeton University).

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Journalist Peter Beinart leads a discussion on the dramatic Post-War period and the creation of the state of Israel, bringing together the experiences of Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jewish migrants in Eastern Europe, Allied-occupied Germany and Israel.

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Historian Anna Manchin (Prins Postdoctoral Fellow, CJH), historian Michael Miller (Central European University), and activist Adam Schonberger will discuss contemporary Jewish life in Budapest.

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There Was Once... 2011, Directed by Gábor Kálmán

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The second of two films screened in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of nationwide Jewish deportations in Hungary, There Was Once… documents the contemporary struggles of a Hungarian high school teacher who sparks controversy by uncovering the Jewish past of her small town, Kalocsa.

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Free Fall

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Acclaimed director Péter Forgács explores the unique circumstances of the Holocaust in southern Hungary in his intimate film Free Fall, told through the home videos of a Jewish family in the 1940s. Forgács will introduce the film and join us for a post-screening discussion and reception.

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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. At this launch event for the survey’s online catalog, field archivists Julie Dawson and Ryan Mendenhall will be joined by historian Dr. Leo Spitzer in discussing the project’s development and implementation, as…

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Pedestrians in an arcade in Hamburg, 1931 (Heinz Katzenstein Family Collection).

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Join us for a lively discussion of how the features of three distinct cities provided settings for the flowering of Jewish cultural and intellectual life.

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Edgar Georg Ulmer (1904 – 1972) was an Austrian-American film director. He is best remembered for the movies The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945).

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Long overshadowed by the more celebrated careers of fellow Austrian- and German-born Jewish émigré filmmakers, Edgar G. Ulmer’s work is now finally receiving a new wave of critical appreciation more than four decades after his death. This event marks the publication of Noah Isenberg’s new biography – Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins…

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Jewish immigrants played a central role in transforming San Francisco from a sleepy village to a thriving metropolis. In the process they reinvented themselves as well, becoming a distinctly new kind of Jew – a San Francisco Jew.

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When artist and former iconic coat designer Ilie Wacs began work with his sister, Deborah Strobin on their memoir An Uncommon Journey, he rediscovered a suitcase stuffed with the family’s identity papers. The contents inspired Wacs to create “A Gathering Storm: The Vienna Papers, 1938″, a unique 15-piece collection of artwork which derives its imagery from stamps, seals, passports, and other documentation required for Jews that began with Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Wachs and Strobin will be on hand to discuss their experiences and introduce the exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance.

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