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.
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.
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.
This event celebrates the publication of Against the Grain, Jewish Intellectuals in Hard Times, a volume that reveals how Jewish intellectuals from German-speaking Europe reacted to the multiple crises of the 20th century.
Jonathan Kirsch and his son Adam discuss the new book The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan and reexamine the historical details and moral dimensions of one of World War II’s most enigmatic cases.
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.
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.