Past Events

This film series commemorates the start of the Great War, a time when violence once again disrupted peaceful life around the world. Four classic international films reflect a range of Jewish experiences in the East and the West.

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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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Austrian composer Franz Schubert

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Phoenix Chamber Ensemble performing Schubert’s Trio in E-flat major, Brahms’ Trio in C major and Zaretsky’s 9/11 – In Memoriam. Made possible through the generous support of Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Blavatnik.  

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Arnold Schönberg: Blaues Selbstportrait, 1910

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LBI is proud to co-present the concert “Silent Moons and Brahmsian Schoenbergs” in conjunction with the Chelsea Music Festival. Featuring works by Brahms, Schoenberg, Mendelssohn and the New York Premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ “Silent Moon.”

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During a house cleaning in 1988, a sensational diary was found, which gave new insight into Sigmund Freud’s working method. Actors Graziella Rossi and Tom Regan vividly capture Freud’s fascinating sessions with the young doctor Anna G. in this 45-minute staged reading.

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A film in the series: From Democracy to Dictatorship and Genocide: Czechoslovak Jews in Literature, Music and Film Presented by the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews, New York With an Introduction by Thomas Ort, Assistant Professor of History, CUNY Obchod na Korze, the winner of the 1965 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is…

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Jonathan Skolnik (UMass Amherst) presents his book, Jewish Pasts, German Fictions , the first comprehensive study of how German-Jewish writers used images from the Spanish-Jewish past to define their place in German culture and society.

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Jewish Pasts, German Fictions is the first comprehensive study of how German-Jewish writers used images from the Spanish-Jewish past to define their place in German culture and society.

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Journalist Peter Beinart leads a discussion on the dramatic Post-War period and the creation of the state of Israel, bringing together the experiences of Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jewish migrants in Eastern Europe, Allied-occupied Germany and Israel.

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Historian Anna Manchin (Prins Postdoctoral Fellow, CJH), historian Michael Miller (Central European University), and activist Adam Schonberger will discuss contemporary Jewish life in Budapest.

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Join LBI at the Conrad B. Duberstein US Bankruptcy Courthouse for a special program on Lawyers without Rights, a traveling exhibition about Jewish lawyers under the Nazi regime.

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A water color of a Synagogue in Theresienstadt.

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A lecture by Michael Beckerman (NYU) in the series: From Democracy to Dictatorship and Genocide: Czechoslovak Jews in Literature, Music and Film Presented by the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews, New York Using close readings of musical works by Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein and Hans Krasa, all written while they were prisoners in the Terezin concentration…

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There Was Once... 2011, Directed by Gábor Kálmán

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The second of two films screened in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of nationwide Jewish deportations in Hungary, There Was Once… documents the contemporary struggles of a Hungarian high school teacher who sparks controversy by uncovering the Jewish past of her small town, Kalocsa.

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Around 30 Jewish chaplains served with honor and distinction in the German army during World War I, providing spiritual care for about 100,000 Jewish, as well as non-Jewish, soldiers, and also Jewish refugees made homeless by the Tsarist army

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The upheaval and mass migrations of WWI led to new encounters between Eastern and Western European Jews, and narrowed the divide between these two cultures. This roundtable examines the consequences of these encounters and the origins of the Jewish East-West division. With Steve Aschheim (Hebrew University), Hasia Diner (NYU), and Anson Rabinbach (Princeton University).

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Free Fall

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Acclaimed director Péter Forgács explores the unique circumstances of the Holocaust in southern Hungary in his intimate film Free Fall, told through the home videos of a Jewish family in the 1940s. Forgács will introduce the film and join us for a post-screening discussion and reception.

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