The Wissenschaft des Judentums, launched by Jewish scholars in 19th century Germany, brought worldly disciplines like history, philology, and anthropology to bear on the sacred texts and rites of Judaism. This enterprise not only formed the basis of modern academic Jewish studies, but also shaped the manifold understanding and practice of Judaism as it exists today.
Historian Volker Berghahn’s lecture will accompany LBI’s new exhibition German Jews at the Eastern Front in WWI: Modernism Meets Tradition.
Join LBI at the Conrad B. Duberstein US Bankruptcy Courthouse for a special program on Lawyers without Rights, a traveling exhibition about Jewish lawyers under the Nazi regime.
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.
“Transcending Tradition” presents the life and work of Jewish mathematicians in Germany. Join us for the exhibit opening featuring mathematician Peter Lax, historian Moritz Epple, and a performance by the Momenta Quartet.
Professor Michael Brenner explains how Jews were instrumental in shaping the traditions and character of Germany’s third largest city, from Löwenbräu beer to the top purveyor of Lederhosen and Dirndl to the city’s champion soccer club.
Shanghai was the last refuge for almost 20,000 German and Austrian Jews between 1936 and 1941, virtually the last place they could go where visas were not required. This exhibition brings together rare archival documents, photos, artwork, as well as books and periodicals printed in China that document the refugee’s experience in China.
David Friedman’s talent for portraiture played a central role throughout his career and saved his life during the Holocaust. Three curators will discuss a new exhibition of his musician portraits at Deutsches Haus at NYU.
Artist David Friedmann was famous for his portraits of cultural icons in Berlin’s tumultuous 1920s and kept close ties with those most celebrated musicians of his era. Deutsches Haus at NYU and LBI are proud to present an exhibition of recovered pre-war portraits by Jewish artist David Friedmann, capturing members of Berlin’s world famous Philharmonic Orchestra.