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.
Join LBI in Chicago for a screening of “REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home,” the award-winning documentary that explores the origins of the Holocaust and how survivors of Kristallnacht began a new life in Chicago, in addition to a panel discussion with Chicago-area survivors of Kristallnacht and local historian Dr. Leon Stein.
Refuge gives a voice to the last remaining generation of survivors of Nazi persecution, retracing the lives of current residents of Chicago’s Selfhelp home for refugees. Professor Sam Kassow (Trinity College) will lend historical context to their stories of courage and resilience.
When the Nazis invaded France and the Low Countries, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from all over Europe poured into neutral Portugal. This symposium will tell their stories and that of the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who disobeyed orders and issued an estimated 30,000 visas to Jewish refugees.
Join us for a lively discussion about “Jewishness” and its meaning in popular culture in Central Europe between the wars and the screening of a rarely seen Hungarian romantic comedy, A Borrowed Castle (1937, dir. Ladislao Vajda).
On April 11, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated. Nearly 1,000 boys survived. Sixty-five years later, several of the surviving boys from Block 66 returned to Weimar and to Buchenwald.
This documentary focuses on an encounter between Eric Pleskow and Ari Rath, who both had to flee from Austria and the Nazi regime. These two extraordinary men just recently found out that they grew up in the same Viennese street, the Porzellangasse.
Financed by the Third Reich, the Berlin Philharmonic was not only Germany’s flagship orchestra; as a major tool of Propaganda Minister Goebbels, it also became an ambassador for the Nazi regime, particularly on foreign tours. In this documentary the spotlight is on the orchestra itself – the musicians, the people, and their individual destinies.