Past Events

The inaugural issue of  "Jewish Voice from Germany".

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Rafael Seligmann speaks about the revitalization of Jewish life in Germany as reflected in the international paper he publishes, “Jewish Voice from Germany.”

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Schocken Books

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American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research are selling thousands of duplicate copies and “out-of-scope” books from their library collections.

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To celebrate the launch of LBI’s digital archive, DigiBaeck, speakers Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive) and Nicholas Felton (Facebook, Daytum.com) and a panel moderated by New York Times Reporter Claudia Dreifus address the implications and possibilities of putting 3.5 million pages of primary source-material related to German-Jewish history online.

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In his new collection of essays, The Fan Who Knew Too Much (June 2012, Knopf), author Anthony Heilbut ranges across American culture with observations on the career of Aretha Franklin, gays in gospel music, the early history of soap operas, and the world of German exiles from Arendt to Zweig.

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This documentary focuses on an encounter between Eric Pleskow and Ari Rath, who both had to flee from Austria and the Nazi regime. These two extraordinary men just recently found out that they grew up in the same Viennese street, the Porzellangasse.

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Emerging stars like the American Baritone Thomas Megliorenza, French Violinist Fanny Clamigirand, and German Violinist Augustin Hadelich perform works by Milhaud, Debussy, Ravel, and Felix Mendelssohn as well as a world-premiere of a piece by Somei Satoh.

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Shanghai was the last refuge for almost 20,000 German and Austrian Jews between 1936 and 1941, virtually the last place they could go where visas were not required. This exhibition brings together rare archival documents, photos, artwork, as well as books and periodicals printed in China that document the refugee’s experience in China.

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J.S. Bach by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (1748)

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Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky of the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble and a guest pianist, Ellen Braslavsky, will perform music for one and two pianos by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Witold Lutoslavsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Astor Piazzola and Inessa Zaretsky.

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Shulamit Volkov will discuss her new book, Walther Rathenau: The Life of Weimar’s Fallen Statesman about the rise and tragic end of Weimar Germany’s Jewish Foreign Minister.

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From left: Stefan Zweig, Sigmund Freud, Theodor Herzl

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How reliable are autobiographical works and biographical studies for historical work? Professor Mark Gelber (Ben-Gurion University) will discuss Stefan Zweig’s brilliant but problematic depictions of Herzl (and Zionism) and Freud (psychoanalysis, anti-Semitism, and Jewish survival) in his late autobiographical work written predominantly during the period of his American exile,“The World of Yesterday.” (1942)

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The final installment of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews’ lecture series entitled “Jewish Thought in Bohemian Lands and Slovakia from Late Renaissance to World War II.”

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May 1, 2012 6:00 pm Acclaimed German Author Daniel Kehlmann introduces a dramatic reading of his first play “Ghosts in Princeton” in English translation.

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Schocken Books

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Sunday, April 15, 11am The partners at CJH are selling out of scope and duplicate works from their collections. Pick up great books about Jewish and general history, literature, art, biographies, religion and other related topics by authors including Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Itzik Manger, Chaim Grade and many others, priced from $1 to $10.

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A lecture by the Author Andrew Nagorski. Americans were not prepared for Hitler’s rise to power nor for the extent of the horrors perpetrated by the Third Reich. The Americans who were in Germany at the time, either as diplomats, journalists, tourists or athletes, only slowly recognized the threat that was unfolding. In his new book, author Andrew Nagorski offers a startlingly fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.

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David Friedman’s talent for portraiture played a central role throughout his career and saved his life during the Holocaust. Three curators will discuss a new exhibition of his musician portraits at Deutsches Haus at NYU.

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