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.
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.
To mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Marion Kaplan, author of Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, discusses how the violence of November 9-10, 1938 marked a lethal turning point in the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews.
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.
Leo Baeck Institute is pleased to host this symposium and panel discussion presented by the Ciric Law Firm and the Holocaust Art Restitution project. Accreditation as a Continuing Legal Education course for attorneys is pending, but interested members of the public, especially arts and museum professionals, are also invited to attend.
“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.
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.