Showdown at the Sterling Oval, 1942: Soccer Coverage in Aufbau

The youth team of the New World Club at the “Sterling Oval” in the Bronx, undated

In the 1930s and 1940s, a lively soccer culture was supported in the New York City area by immigrants from all over Europe, including Jewish refugees from Germany. Fans who craved the latest on Jewish teams like the New World Club, Hakoah New York, and Maccabi would find it in the pages of Aufbau.

Discovery in Romania

A Transylvanian landscape. 
Photo by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall.

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. Julie Dawson, the LBI archivist who spearheaded the project, explains how a chance finding in an abandoned synagogue led to a project that will radically expand access to Jewish records in a little-studied area by cataloging long-hidden resources online.

Documenting Jewish Life in East Germany

The gilded Moorish dome of the New Synagogue in Berlin, a symbol of resurgent
Jewish life in Germany and an iconic landmark in the nation’s vibrant capital.
Creative Commons Martin Biskoping

LBI is launching an initiative to document one of the least explored chapters of German-Jewish history: the contribution of German Jews to the foundation and development of East Germany.

LBI Opens Berlin Office

Dr. Miriam Bistrovic, LBI’s new representative in Berlin.

The office on Glinkastraße is the first step toward a more prominent role for the Leo Baeck Institute in making Germans more aware of the long and illustrious heritage we shared until 1933.

Experiencing 1933, One Day and One Document at a Time

May 3, 1933. Holding a cone full of candy, six-year-old Peter Jacob smiles shyly at the camera—he has just had his first day of school at the public Elementary School 25 in Sybelstrasse steps away from his parent’s home in Berlin. Visit the 1933 project to learn more about Peter.

The Jewish Museum Berlin’s online project “1933: The Beginning of the End of German Jewry” presents a variety of primary source materials that bear witness to the disenfranchisement and exclusion of German Jews in 1933.

Teaching Research Skills and German-Jewish History with DigiBaeck

Shira Klein is Assistant Professor of History at Chapman University in Orange County, California

With the launch of LBI’s digital archive, historian Shira Klein immediately recognized a new tool for engaging undergraduates in original research using primary sources. We asked her about her experience using DigiBaeck in the classroom.

LBI Builds Digital Home for Émigré Journal “Aufbau”

The masthead and front page of the inaugural issue of "Aufbau", published 1934

Leo Baeck Institute has completed digitizing all issues of the German-Jewish émigré Journal, Aufbau published between 1934 and 2004, thus ensuring that the entire contents of the most important publication of the global German-Jewish refugee and exile community will remain available online to researchers.

LBI Focuses on Mendelssohn Family in Exhibit at German Ambassador’s Residence

A panel from the exhibition shows some descendants of Moses Mendelssohn

German Ambassador Peter Ammon hosted the opening of a new Leo Baeck Institute exhibition at his residence. “The Mendelssohns: A German Family of Scholars, Bankers, and Artists” was curated by the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) from its extensive collection of personal papers, books and other artifacts.

LBI Survey of Archives in Romania Brings Hidden Traces of German-Jewish Life to Light

Register of births in 1884 in Rădăuţi (Radautz), a town in Bukovina, Romania, near the Ukranian border.

LBI archivists are conducting an inventory of archival holdings related to German-speaking Jewish communities in Southern Bukovina and Transylvania, a project that will dramatically increase the accessibility of primary resources on an aspect of Jewish history that is underrepresented in scholarship.

Dr. William H. Weitzer Named Executive Director of LBI


LBI is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William H. Weitzer as its new Executive Director, succeeding Carol Kahn Strauss, who will become the Institute’s International Director.