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)
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Artist David Friedmann was famous for his portraits of cultural icons in Berlin’s tumultuous 1920s and kept close ties with those most celebrated musicians of his era. Deutsches Haus at NYU and LBI are proud to present an exhibition of recovered pre-war portraits by Jewish artist David Friedmann, capturing members of Berlin’s world famous Philharmonic Orchestra.
Financed by the Third Reich, the Berlin Philharmonic was not only Germany’s flagship orchestra; as a major tool of Propaganda Minister Goebbels, it also became an ambassador for the Nazi regime, particularly on foreign tours. In this documentary the spotlight is on the orchestra itself – the musicians, the people, and their individual destinies.
These three young graduates of London’s Royal College of Music have a passion for chamber Music. Ilya Movchan (violin) was born in Russia; Jordan Gregoris (cello) was born in France; Hannah Loewenberg-Harnest (piano) was born in New York and raised in Germany and England. At LBI, they performed works by Shostakovich, Bloch, Beethoven, and Suk.
The Gestapo, the SS, and the Reich Main Security office were once housed in the same building just steps away from Potsdamer Platz in the heart of Berlin. Today a permanent exhibition documents apparatus of Nazi persecution. Dr. Andreas Nachama, director of the “Topography of Terror” foundation, will discuss the exhibition’s new permanent home as well as an exhibition coming to the UN.