Jerry Lindenstraus: Sprechen Trotz Allem

Jerry Lindenstraus talks to German school pupils at the headquarters of the
Schwarzkopf Stiftung in Berlin in December 2013.

Over six-feet tall, impressively agile for his 84 years, and sharply dressed, long-time LBI volunteer Jerry Lindenstraus cuts a striking figure. His faintly continental accent leads many people he meets to ask him where he’s from. That’s not such an easy question to answer. “When I tell them that I lived in Danzig, most people…

Art: Lotka Burešová and her Terezín Friends

"Calm and prudence—breathe deeply!" reads the Czech inscription on
this drawing by Lotka Burešová. Franz Feigl Collection AR 5269

Anna Hájková, a scholar of the Theresienstadt Ghetto, describes how the discovery of a small watercolor painted there in 1944 led to insights into the cultural dynamics of the ghetto’s transnational enforced community.

Donation of Biochemist’s Library a Case Study in Provenance & Restitution

Provenance markings that proved that these books belonged to Carl Neuberg. In the lower right hand corner, a piece of paper has been pasted over Neuberg’s name and address.

The LBI Library has been enriched by 40 volumes of scientific literature from the former library of Carl Neuberg (1877–1956), a pioneer in the study of biochemistry. This donation, the result of restitution efforts by the Central and Regional Library of Berlin (Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin – ZLB), is an emblematic case study in the complexities of provenance research and the restitution of looted cultural works.

Database of German Exile Publishers Now Online

Some of the distinctive logos of German exile publishers : Row 1 (l-r) Europäischer  Merkur, Paris; El Libro Libre, Mexico City; Humanitas, Zürich; Tarshish, Jerusalem;  Row 2 (l-r) Eugen Prager, Prague/Bratislava; Alliance Book Corporation, New York;  Malik, Prague/London; Pantheon, New York; Row 3 (l-r) Querido, Amsterdam/ Jakarta; Aurora Verlag, New York; Bermann-Fischer, Vienna/Stockholm; Bruno  Cassirer, Oxford.

LBI Library and Archives staff have built an online database of publishing houses founded by German-speaking refugees outside the German Reich and occupied Europe between 1933 and 1945. The new portal gives LBI’s substantial collection of Exilliteratur a higher profile and aids in the discovery of a body of work that is not otherwise linked…

Apply for Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship by March 15

Moritz Steinschneider writing at his desk

The deadline to apply for LBI’s Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship has been extended to March 15, 2014.  The Leo Baeck Institute is offering a Career Development Award as a personal grant to a scholar or professional in an early career stage, e.g. before gaining tenure in an academic institution or its equivalent, whose proposed…

Jewish Continuity in the 21st Century: Stuart Eizenstat on “The Future of the Jews”

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat delivers the 56th Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture at LBI on January 14, 2014. By Christina Domingues

Before accepting the Leo Baeck Medal on January 14, 2014, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat delivered the 56th Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture, in which he addressed how the imperative to honor the victims of the Holocaust informs the challenges facing the current global Jewish community. In a wide-ranging survey of issues facing Jewish communities today, he addressed…

Leo Baeck Medal for Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat

The Honorable W. Michael Blumenthal (l) and Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat at the Center for Jewish History on January 14, 2014. By Christina Domingues.

At the LBI Annual Award Dinner, Jewish Museum Berlin Director W. Michael Blumenthal presented Stuart Eizenstat with the Leo Baeck Medal for his work on behalf of Holocaust survivors.

LBI Launches Online Catalog for Long-Hidden Romanian Archives

romania-web-screenshot copy

An online catalog at jbat.lbi.org, unveiled at Leo Baeck Institute on January 13, describes the location and content of about 600 archival items related to Jewish life, which are housed in Romanian archives.

Jewish Vienna: Opportunities and Innovations

A man and woman view theater listings on an advertising column in front of the Burgtheater in Vienna (c. 1905-1914). Emil Mayer (1871-1938)

Leo Baeck Institute focuses on the Jewish contribution to cultural life in Vienna. Extended through June 8, 2014.

Leo Baeck Institute, New York in Berlin

The Jewish Museum Berlin (cc Libeskind/Schneider)

In 2013, Leo Baeck Institute, New York established a branch office in Berlin to maintain and deepen relations with scholars,  Jewish Communities, government and corporate sponsors, and the wider public in Germany.  Since the early 2000’s however, researchers have had access to LBI materials at the Jewish Museum Berlin, where LBI maintains duplicate copies of…