Past Events

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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When artist and former iconic coat designer Ilie Wacs began work with his sister, Deborah Strobin on their memoir An Uncommon Journey, he rediscovered a suitcase stuffed with the family’s identity papers. The contents inspired Wacs to create “A Gathering Storm: The Vienna Papers, 1938″, a unique 15-piece collection of artwork which derives its imagery from stamps, seals, passports, and other documentation required for Jews that began with Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Wachs and Strobin will be on hand to discuss their experiences and introduce the exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance.

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When the Nazis invaded France and the Low Countries, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from all over Europe poured into neutral Portugal. This symposium will tell their stories and that of the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who disobeyed orders and issued an estimated 30,000 visas to Jewish refugees.

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Renowned historian Fritz Stern and author Elisabeth Sifton present their book on two of the Nazi regime’s most courageous and admirable opponents: the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi.

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The orchestra takes its name from the Jakobsplatz Jewish Cultural Center in Munich, and is dedicated to fostering the presence and resurgence of Jewish culture in Europe, specifically in Germany.

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Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich, directed by Daniel Grossmann, makes its New York debut at Symphony Space on Monday October 21, 2013. The concert features music by Mendelssohn, Klein, Mahler, and Schulhoff. LBI is proud to be a cultural sponsor of this concert.  Unfortunately, the ticket giveaway is now closed. Founded by conductor Daniel Grossmann in 2005, the orchestra takes…

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New York audiences will soon have their first opportunity to see plays written and performed during the Holocaust that have been lost for over 60 years.

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