Professor Michael Brenner explains how Jews were instrumental in shaping the traditions and character of Germany’s third largest city, from Löwenbräu beer to the top purveyor of Lederhosen and Dirndl to the city’s champion soccer club.
Bruce Ruben discusses his new biography of the German-born Rabbi Max Lilienthal, who shaped the development of Reform Judaism in the US.
Gerd Bucerius was a German lawyer who took great personal risks to represent Jewish clients during the Nazi Regime in Germany.
On April 11, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated. Nearly 1,000 boys survived. Sixty-five years later, several of the surviving boys from Block 66 returned to Weimar and to Buchenwald.
German Ambassador Peter Ammon will award the Leo Baeck Medal to filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta at the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Dinner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York.
Rafael Seligmann speaks about the revitalization of Jewish life in Germany as reflected in the international paper he publishes, “Jewish Voice from Germany.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)