Hanns Wolters: Émigré Impressario Berlin/Palestine/New York

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.

From Hekdesh to Hightech: 250 Years of the Jewish Hospital Berlin

The history of the Jewish Hospital Berlin is remarkable in that it was that it was the only Jewish organization in Germany that was permitted to operate throughout the Nazi years. The documents, photos, and objects on display document 250 years of social and medical history, from the times of Moses Mendelssohn to the 20th century.

“Auktion 392” – Reclaiming the Galerie Stern

In September 1937, the Düsseldorf gallerist Max Stern 1937 was ordred by the Nazi government to auction off the inventory of his Gallerie Stern. That November, Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne, sold the inventory of the Galerie Stern. The paintings went on the block by their lot number, “Auktion 392,” and the search for many of the lost treasures continues today.

On the Wings of Song: Jewish Involvement in Music

From its own archives and art collection, LBI has put together an exhibit to showcase the countless musicians, composers and patrons who enriched European cultural life throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Many were Jewish, while others, like Mozart, received early and important support in the salons of cosmopolitan Jewish women.

Widely Scattered, Closely Linked: The Daily Life of Central European Jewry, 1600 to 1948

This exhibit looks at the daily life of Jews across the expanse of Central Europe, from Alsace-Lorraine in the West to the mountains of the Bukovina in the East. There were regional borders to cross and taxes to pay; there were geographical variations in recreational activities, in apprenticeship options, and in community activities.

Starting Over: The Experience of German Jews in America, 1830-1945

This exhibit traces the history of German-Jewish immigration to America, beginning with the quest for freedom from restrictive decrees and quotas in Europe in the early 19th century and continuing through the arrival of refugees from Nazi persecution. The exhibit includes a section on the history of the Leo Baeck Institute.

Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany after 1933

In April 1933, shortly after the Nazis came to power, Jewish lawyers, judges, law professors, and civil servants throughout the judiciary system were disbarred and stripped of their right to practice law. The wide-ranging contributions of Jewish jurists in the late 19th and 20th century were disregarded.

Intriguing Women

The pioneering achievements of Jewish women in modern times cover a wide field-including social welfare, to the arts, to medicine and physics. The variety of their experiences is documented in letters, books, memoirs and other written materials in the archives of the LBI but is especially visible in the diverse imagery depicted in the Institute’s art collection.

Salon Paintings of the Leo Baeck Institute

The exhibit will showcase works of such prominent artists as Max Liebermann, Lesser Ury, Julius Schulein, as well as works by artists who did not necessarily rise to prominence. The paintings evoke the contemporary Zeitgeist as well as the ever-changing status of the Jewish population from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

On Thin Ice: Jews in Salzburg

This exhibition was on display at the Museum Carolino Augusteum in 2002 and is now shown at the LBI with additional materials from the LBI’s collections.

September 18 – December 11, 2003.