The Austrian Cultural Forum, in collaboration with the Leo Baeck Institute, is pleased to present the Chief Cantor of the Viennese Jewish Community, Shmuel Barzilai, in recital with pianist Daniel Gildar.
Professor Julius H. Schoeps will introduce a new English edition of the classic book Jews in Berlin, and Anne Nelson will discuss an edition of essays by Kurt Tucholsky, in English for the first time.
YIVO and LBI present a concert of masterpieces by Jewish composers who were influenced by German musical culture: Mendelssohn, Mahler, Kurt Weill, Schoenberg, Louis Lewandowski, Anton Rubinstein, Joel Engel, Paul Ben Haim and Tzvi Avni.
Join us for a lively discussion about “Jewishness” and its meaning in popular culture in Central Europe between the wars and the screening of a rarely seen Hungarian romantic comedy, A Borrowed Castle (1937, dir. Ladislao Vajda).
Ari Rath left Austria for Palestine when he was 13 years old and became the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Jerusalem Post. He discusses his new memoir with special guest Wolf Blitzer.
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.