Events by location: Center for Jewish History

Professor Michael Brenner explains how Jews were instrumental in shaping the traditions and character of Germany’s third largest city, from Löwenbräu beer to the top purveyor of Lederhosen and Dirndl to the city’s champion soccer club.

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Bruce Ruben discusses his new biography of the German-born Rabbi Max Lilienthal, who shaped the development of Reform Judaism in the US.

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Gerd Bucerius was a German lawyer who took great personal risks to represent Jewish clients during the Nazi Regime in Germany.

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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).

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Israel Lazar returned to Buchenwald 65 years after the camp's liberation.

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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.

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To celebrate the launch of LBI’s digital archive, DigiBaeck, speakers Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive) and Nicholas Felton (Facebook, Daytum.com) and a panel moderated by New York Times Reporter Claudia Dreifus address the implications and possibilities of putting 3.5 million pages of primary source-material related to German-Jewish history online.

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Schocken Books

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American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research are selling thousands of duplicate copies and “out-of-scope” books from their library collections.

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In his new collection of essays, The Fan Who Knew Too Much (June 2012, Knopf), author Anthony Heilbut ranges across American culture with observations on the career of Aretha Franklin, gays in gospel music, the early history of soap operas, and the world of German exiles from Arendt to Zweig.

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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.

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Shanghai was the last refuge for almost 20,000 German and Austrian Jews between 1936 and 1941, virtually the last place they could go where visas were not required. This exhibition brings together rare archival documents, photos, artwork, as well as books and periodicals printed in China that document the refugee’s experience in China.

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