Leo Baeck Medal for Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat

The Honorable W. Michael Blumenthal (l) and Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat at the Center for Jewish History on January 14, 2014. By Christina Domingues.

At the LBI Annual Award Dinner, Jewish Museum Berlin Director W. Michael Blumenthal presented Stuart Eizenstat with the Leo Baeck Medal for his work on behalf of Holocaust survivors.

LBI Launches Online Catalog for Long-Hidden Romanian Archives

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An online catalog at jbat.lbi.org, unveiled at Leo Baeck Institute on January 13, describes the location and content of about 600 archival items related to Jewish life, which are housed in Romanian archives.

Announcement: 2014 Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme

Ludwig Meidner, Portrait of Leo Baeck, 1953

The Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme provides funding for doctoral candidates pursuing research into the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry.

Progress Filling Gaps in Frankfurt Wissenschaft des Judentums Collection

Rare book digitization.
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LBI and the Frankfurt University Library have made significant progress in a joint effort to recreate a landmark collection of Judaica that was long believed to be permanently fragmented by World War II.

Library: A Sermon Heard from Berlin to Philadelphia

Interior view of the Alte Synagoge in Berlin, engraving by A.B. Goblin based on a drawing by Anna M. Werner. Berlin, 1720.

Among a trio of rare pamphlets associated with Moses Mendelssohn and the Berlin Enlightenment that LBI recently acquired is a remarkable sermon celebrating a Prussian victory in the Seven Years’ War.

New Archival Collections

The actress Dolly Haas pictured on a series of collectible cards published by the British tobacco company Ardath in 1934. Dolly Haas Family Collection: AR 25447

Among the recent additions to LBI archives are collections documenting the career of German-American Actress Dolly Haas, Berlin Dermatologist Felix Pinkus, and poet Rose Ausländer.

New Abstract Works in the Art Collection

Kolin, Sacha, Television Thought, Watercolor, ink on paper. 1978

Among the artworks recently donated to LBI are a number of pieces by American artists who were trained in Germany or Austria but whose mature works were created in the fertile post-war American art scene.

2012/2013 Fellows

Moritz Steinschneider writing at his desk

LBI New York continues to support new scholarship in German- Jewish History during 2012–2013 through the administration of the following grants and fellowships. David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship: This fellowship provides financial assistance to scholars whose research projects are connected with the writing of Professor David Baumgardt or his scholarly interests, including Ethics, Wissenschaft des Judentums…

Harry Ettlinger and Otto Oppenheimer: Story of a Monuments Man

The author (l.) with Harry Ettlinger (c.) and Jochen Wolf at the Center for Jewish
History, August 2010. Courtesy Jochen Wolf.

In 2011 LBI helped a town in Germany honor its Jewish past and connect with one of its native sons, Harry Ettlinger. Now Ettlinger’s military service during WWII is the subject of an upcoming major motion picture. Those who want the full story will find it in the LBI archives. By Michael Simonson Like many…

An Intellectual Resistance

Manfred George became Editor of Aufbau in 1939.

Language is the very essence of identity and culture; it is the “raison d’être” for a writer, who uses the power that comes with the command of language to act as the conscience of society. The Nazis abused the German language for their political goals and especially their propaganda, but Aufbau has used it to advocate for German-Jewish concerns until the present day.