Tag Archive: Émigré

Destination Shanghai: The Jewish Community of Shanghai, 1936-1949

David L. Bloch, Self Portrait in a Rickshaw, watercolor, 1943

June 19 – September 21, 2012 LBI’s new exhibition looks at life in Shanghai’s Jewish Ghetto, the last refuge for almost 20,000 German and Austrian Jews between 1936 and 1941. Shanghai was virtually the last destination for European Jews where visas were not required.

Carol Kahn Strauss: Keynote Address at Launch of Ruhr Center for American Studies

Carol Kahn Strauss with students at the Ruhr Universität Dortmund

As the university celebrated the launch of a PhD program where scholars from across the world will study American history, politics, and culture from a transatlantic perspective, Mrs. Strauss focused on the impact of German-Jewish emigres on America’s intellectual and cultural development.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Composer, 1897 – 1957

Photograph of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, undated

Before Erich Wolfgang Korngold was first called to Hollywood by his fellow Austrian émigré, the actor and director Max Reinhardt, he was a celebrated child prodigy and an up-and-coming composer of serious orchestral music who had had works premiered by artists including Artur Schnabel

William Steinberg, Conductor, 1899 – 1978

Conductor William Steinberg, LBI Photography Collection

Famous for his tenure with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg was already an important conductor before he left Germany. At the Frankfurt Opera, Steinberg had conducted the premiere of the first 12-tone opera, Arnold Schoenberg’s “Von Heute auf Morgen.”

Hanns Wolters: Émigré Impressario Berlin/Palestine/New York

Hanns Wolters

With a career that went from “discovering” Marlene Dietrich to representing young American actors Sylvester Stallone and F. Murray Abraham, Hanns Wolters was a theatrical agent and impressario who fled the Nazis, emigrated to Palestine, and ultimately arrived in New York – using his great dramatic flair to improvise productions all along the way.

Credit Due: Eight German-Jewish Artists Persecuted by the Nazis

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This exhibit takes a close look at the experiences various artists underwent prior to their emigration and explores the phenomenon of emigration itself as an existential experience. The lives of these artists are as diverse as their artistic styles, but there are some commonalities: Most went from country to country, often unable to secure work or the right to stay.