Past Events

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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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.

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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.

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The Loewenberg Trio is Ilya Movchan, Hannah Loewenberg-Harnest, and Jordan Gregoris

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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.

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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.

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The Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the center for Jewish history present a talk by Dr. Hubert Steiner of Vienna, who will speak about the Austrian State Archives and some of its holdings.   Shortly after the Nazi occupation and annexation of Austria, a regulation on the declaration of…

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Joseph Roth on a train platform in France, 1926

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A panel including translator Michael Hoffmann Robert Weil, New Yorker fiction editor Willing Davidson, the author and record producer Anthony Heilbut, and author Fran Lebowitz discuss one of the greatest voices in 20th century German literature.

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Professor Jonathan Steinberg is the author of the highly acclaimed new book Bismarck: A Life. Steinberg describes the political genius of the man who dominated his era. Bismarck’s belief in Prussia’s cohesion and authority, and in a nationalism that could be put to good use, ultimately led to Germany’s tragic 20th century.

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Leo Baeck Medal

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On December 12, 2011, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will award the Leo Baeck Medal to Anselm Kiefer and bestow a special honor on Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. The presentation will take place during the annual Leo Baeck Institute Gala Award Diner at the Waldorf≈Astoria in New York. Anselm Kiefer Born in 1945 in Donaueschingen,…

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Einstein on the Road, by Josef Eisinger

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At the height of his fame, Albert Einstein traveled throughout the world, from Japan to South America and many places in between. In Einstein on the Road, author Josef Eisinger has created a vivid and entertaining narrative that brings Einstein’s voice to the fore as he chronicles his encounters with royalty, presidents, movie stars, and artists

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Leo Baeck Institute and The Asia Society present a lecture by Paul Mendes-Flohr about the fascinating relationship between German-Jewish intellectuals Albert Einstein and Martin Buber and the Bengal Poet Rabindranath Tagore.

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