Past Events

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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kafka

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A lecture by Scott Spector (University of Michigan) in the series: From Democracy to Dictatorship and Genocide: Czechoslovak Jews in Literature, Music and Film presented by the Society for the History of the Czechoslovak Jews, New York An author in his own right, Max Brod gets lost in the recent skirmishes over the rightful archival…

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The sustained loyalty of the Jewish electorate to the Democratic party while other ethnic voters cast their ballots elsewhere has long puzzled political pundits and chagrined Republican stalwarts. Yet efforts to turn the Jewish vote have thus far failed. The majority of Jewish voters continue to pull down the democratic voting lever as if guided…

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Jewish immigrants played a central role in transforming San Francisco from a sleepy village to a thriving metropolis. In the process they reinvented themselves as well, becoming a distinctly new kind of Jew – a San Francisco Jew.

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Join us for a lively discussion of how the features of three distinct cities provided settings for the flowering of Jewish cultural and intellectual life.

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Edgar Georg Ulmer (1904 – 1972) was an Austrian-American film director. He is best remembered for the movies The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945).

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Long overshadowed by the more celebrated careers of fellow Austrian- and German-born Jewish émigré filmmakers, Edgar G. Ulmer’s work is now finally receiving a new wave of critical appreciation more than four decades after his death. This event marks the publication of Noah Isenberg’s new biography – Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins…

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Join us in honoring Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, who will accept the Leo Baeck Medal and deliver the 56th Annual Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture during a special evening at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.

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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. At this launch event for the survey’s online catalog, field archivists Julie Dawson and Ryan Mendenhall will be joined by historian Dr. Leo Spitzer in discussing the project’s development and implementation, as…

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W. Michael Blumenthal escaped from Nazi Germany and became a leading business executive, Secretary of the Treasury , director of the Jewish Museum Belrin, and Leo Baeck Medal winner. He will discuss his extraordinary new memoir at Leo Baeck Institute.

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This event celebrates the publication of Against the Grain, Jewish Intellectuals in Hard Times, a volume that reveals how Jewish intellectuals from German-speaking Europe reacted to the multiple crises of the 20th century.

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Join LBI in Chicago for a screening of “REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home,” the award-winning documentary that explores the origins of the Holocaust and how survivors of Kristallnacht began a new life in Chicago, in addition to a panel discussion with Chicago-area survivors of Kristallnacht and local historian Dr. Leon Stein.

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Jonathan Kirsch and his son Adam discuss the new book The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan and reexamine the historical details and moral dimensions of one of World War II’s most enigmatic cases.

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Refuge gives a voice to the last remaining generation of survivors of Nazi persecution, retracing the lives of current residents of Chicago’s Selfhelp home for refugees. Professor Sam Kassow (Trinity College) will lend historical context to their stories of courage and resilience.

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To mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Marion Kaplan, author of Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, discusses how the violence of November 9-10, 1938 marked a lethal turning point in the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews.

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