Margarethe von Trotta: Acceptance of the 2012 Leo Baeck Medal

German film director Margarethe von Trotta accepts the Leo Baeck Medal in New York on November 28, 2012.

German film director Margarethe von Trotta accepted the Leo Baeck Medal on November 28, 2012 at the Leo Baeck Institutes annual gala award dinner in New York City.

German Ambassador Peter Ammon Presents 2012 Leo Baeck Medal to Margarethe von Trotta

Peter Ammon presents the Leo Baeck Medal to Margarethe von Trotta in New York on November 28, 2012

On November 28, 2012, German Ambassador Peter Ammon awarded the Leo Baeck Medal to German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta.

Fellowship Application Period Extended Until November 14, 2012


Because of the power-outage related closures and email disruptions at LBI following Hurricane Sandy, the November 2012 deadline for fellowship applications has been extended until November 14, 2012. Applications sent by email after October 28 may not have been received. Please resubmit your application if you are in doubt as to whether it was received.

Video: DigiBaeck – German-Jewish History Online


Brewster Kahle, designer Nicholas Felton, and New York Times reporter Claudia Dreifus discuss LBI’s new digital archive of German-Jewish History.

Rabbi Ronald B. Sobel Named President of LBI

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Rabbi Sobel is Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El in New York City and a highly regarded scholar.

Jerry Lindenstrauss – Life in the Shanghai Ghetto


LBI volunteer Jerry Lindenstrauss escaped Germany in in 1939 and moved to Shanghai with his family, where he experienced the Japanese occupation. He made these remarks at the opening of “Destination Shanghai” on June 19, 2012.

Chinese Deputy Consul General Speaks at Opening of Shanghai Exhibit

Chinese Deputy Consul General Mr. Zhu Wanjin with Renata Stein, the curator of "Destination Shanghai."

On June 19, 2012, Chinese Deputy Consul General Mr. Zhu Wanjin attened the opening of LBI’s current exhibit, “Destination Shanghai” and addressed over 150 guests, many of whom were former Shanghai refugees and their families.

“Faith in Reason” Exhibit Highlights Jewish Scientists at German Ambassador’s Residence

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Leo Baeck Institute unveiled a new exhibit at the residence of German Ambassador Peter Ammon in Washington, DC that highlights the extraordinary contributions of German Jews in the fields of natural science, mathematics and medicine.

German-Jewish Émigré Journal Aufbau Now Digitized

Early Aufbau masthead (Leo Baeck Institute Library, C14)

Leo Baeck Institute has completed digitizing all issues of the German-Jewish émigré Journal, Aufbau, published between 1951 and 2004, which means the entire contents of the most important publication of the global German-Jewish refugee and exile community is now available online.

Call for Papers: Seminar for Postdoctoral Students of German-Jewish and Central-European Jewish History

"Zugang zum Tempelatz in Jerusalem" Etching by E.M. Lilien on a Postcard

LBI Jerusalem and the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des LBI in Deutschland invite applications for a seminar for postdoctoral students of German-Jewish and Central-European Jewish History in Berlin and Jerusalem. Apply by March 15.