Past Events

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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The authors of “Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust ” will present their new book at LBI. A family’s recently-discovered correspondence provides the inspiration for this fascinating and deeply-moving account of Jewish family life before, during and after the Holocaust.

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A day of discussion and debate devoted to exploring the wrings and legacy of Moses Mendelssohn, the 18th-century founder of modern Jewish thought. A group of international scholars will highlight recent scholarship related to contemporary issues in religion, secularism, politics, culture, language and identity.

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Leo Baeck Institute and The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College will present a day-long conference on German-Jewish immigration and presence in New York City on May 5, 2011. Panelists including distinguished scholars, authors of fiction and poetry, and filmmakers will discuss the impact that German-speaking Jews had on the city.

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Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer appointed an independent commission to investigate the role of the German Foreign Office during the Nazi Regime. He and one of the commission members, Dr. Norbert Frei, will discuss the initiative and the results of the investigation.

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Michael Brenner, of the University of Munich discussed research from his new book “Prophets of the Past.” “Prophets” is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history. Brenner reveals that perhaps no other group has used their shared history for so many different ideological and political purposes as the Jews.

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