Events by location: Center for Jewish History

unknown-country

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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.

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Dr. Josef Joffe will deliver the 57th annual Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Center for Jewish History, where he will be introduced by Dr. Henry Kissinger. Following the Lecture, Dr. Ronald B. Sobel, President of LBI, will present Dr. Joffe with the Leo Baeck Medal.

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Historian Volker Berghahn’s lecture will accompany LBI’s new exhibition German Jews at the Eastern Front in WWI: Modernism Meets Tradition.

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Commissar

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Commissar was created by Aleksandr Askoldov in 1967, but was banned by Soviet censors for 20 years, due to the film’s sympathetic depiction of Jews. Commissar is a heartbreaking story of a Jewish family in a backwater Ukrainian shtetl ravaged by war and pogroms.

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A Letter to Mother

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A Letter to Mother (1939) is one of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion. The plot centers around the story of a mother’s persistent efforts to support her family, while her husband moves to America.

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La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion) is a 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir. The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French officers who are prisoners of war during WWI and plotting an escape.

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"The Fighting 69th"

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This 1940 Warner Brothers film directed by William Keighley is based upon the actual exploits of New York City’s 69th infantry Regiment during WWI.

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Border controls in East Berlin, shortly before East German authorities sealed the border in August 1961, Bundesarchiv

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An event marking the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Jewish life took different paths on either side of the Berlin Wall. In the East, Jews fled or faced East Germany’s anti-religion, anti-Zionist polices. In the West, Jews sought normalcy but lived “with packed suitcases.” A panel discussion featuring leading scholars and…

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Luise Hirsch uses biography and social history to show how Russian- and German-Jewish women fought their way into the universities of Switzerland and Germany and became the first women professionals in modern history.

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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.

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