An Unknown Country is an independent film that tells the story of European Jews who were able to reach the shores of Ecuador in the 1930s. Featuring first hand accounts and archival material, the film opens a window on the exiles’ perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in an unknown land. With an introductory Lecture by Dr. Leo Spitzer.
Historian Volker Berghahn’s lecture will accompany LBI’s new exhibition German Jews at the Eastern Front in WWI: Modernism Meets Tradition.
German Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas will discuss the research of an independent commission of historians appointed to investigate how the German Federal Justice Ministry dealt with the Nazi past in the early post-war period.
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.
A lecture by Michael Beckerman (NYU) in the series: From Democracy to Dictatorship and Genocide: Czechoslovak Jews in Literature, Music and Film Presented by the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews, New York Using close readings of musical works by Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein and Hans Krasa, all written while they were prisoners in the Terezin concentration…
A lecture by Scott Spector (University of Michigan) in the series: From Democracy to Dictatorship and Genocide: Czechoslovak Jews in Literature, Music and Film presented by the Society for the History of the Czechoslovak Jews, New York An author in his own right, Max Brod gets lost in the recent skirmishes over the rightful archival…
During a house cleaning in 1988, a sensational diary was found, which gave new insight into Sigmund Freud’s working method. Actors Graziella Rossi and Tom Regan vividly capture Freud’s fascinating sessions with the young doctor Anna G. in this 45-minute staged reading.
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…
W. Michael Blumenthal escaped from Nazi Germany and became a leading business executive, Secretary of the Treasury , director of the Jewish Museum Belrin, and Leo Baeck Medal winner. He will discuss his extraordinary new memoir at Leo Baeck Institute.
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.