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Leo Baeck Fellowship Program

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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, and Leo Baeck Institute London announce fellowships that provide a monthly stipend for one year to doctoral students pursuing research in the field of history and Culture of German-speaking Jewry.

Final Sale in Berlin—Database of Jewish-Owned Businesses in Berlin Now Part of LBI Collections

An entry in the database for the wholesale egg business owned by Jakob Intrator, whose 
granddaughter Joanne joined Kreutzmüller at LBI on September 30, 2015.

Christoph Kreutzmüller On September 30, 2015, historian Christoph Kreutzmueller presented the new English translation of his study on the destruction of Jewish commercial life in Berlin and formally donated a remarkable database of Jewish businesses to Leo Baeck Institute. Since 2005, I have been studying how the National Socialist regime systematically destroyed and looted businesses…

Meine Liebe Käthe—A trove of century-old letters adds fuel to WWI debate

Letters from Kurt Riezler to Käthe Liebermann written in the early months of WWI. AR 25484

Engagement letters from a young Bavarian Catholic aid to the German Chancellor and the daughter of one of early 20th century Germany’s most famous painters speak volumes about the German-Jewish milieu in Wilhelmine Berlin and may also shed light on the origins of World War I.

Leo Baeck Institute Featured at Deutscher Verein Dinner

LBI President Emeritus Ismar Schorsch (l) with Jürgen Ostertag, a Stuttgart native and New York-based attorney who is the president of one of the city’s oldest social clubs, Deutscher Verein.

LBI President Emeritus Ismar Schorsch attended the Deutscher Verein’s annual dinner at the Union Club on September 9, 2015 to give a lecture that reflected on both the 60th anniversary of the Leo Baeck Institute and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.

Bures Praises Young Volunteers behind LBI’s Austrian Heritage Collection

Simeon Gozivoda (l.) and Jan Dreer with Doris Bures at Leo Baeck Institute,
New York, where the young volunteers shared examples of their work with the
Social Democratic politician.

Doris Bures, the President of the National Council of Austria (the upper house of Austria’s parliament) visited LBI in New York on August 27, 2015 to learn about the Institute and meet two young volunteers who are working to document stories of Austrian refugees in lieu of their mandatory military service in Austria.

Family Matters—Fourth Generation of Bambergers Introduced to LBI

The Bambergers—Back row: Gabrielle, Sarah, Kenneth, Michael; 3rd row: Max, Isaiah, Kristin, 
Madeleine, Phylis; 2nd row: Quinn, Niva, Ella; 1st row: Ezra

When LBI Vice President Michael Bamberger brought the youngest generation of his extended family to the Leo Baeck Institute on a mid-summer morning in 2015, he was continuing a long tradition of family involvement with the Institute.

Walter Nathan—Leaving a Legacy at Leo Baeck Institute

Walter Nathan

A commitment to the importance of history and family led Chicago businessman Walter Nathan to press for a memorial to Jews in his father’s native town in Germany and to include Leo Baeck Institute in his estate planning.

Just Passing Through, but Taking a Stand—Jewish Student Politics in Vienna, 1967–1975

Hermann Teifer was born 1949 in Vienna and studied Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, and Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna, where he earned his doctorate in 1975. He worked as a freelance author in Jerusalem and New York and raised two sons. After his sons left home he studied library science at Queens College and joined LBI as an archivist in 2008.

Hermann Teifer The University of Vienna celebrates its 650th anniversary this year, and the city’s Jewish Museum is marking the occasion with an exhibition that explores the long and tumultuous relationship between Jews and the University. After the expulsion of the Jews from Vienna in 1421, the rubble of the old synagogue was used to…

More than Just a Moment—Unlocking the Value of the LBI Photo Collection

Friedl Roth with an unidentified
man, 1920s
Joseph Roth Collection, AR 1764

Austrian writer Josef Roth carried dozens of snapshots of his estranged wife, Friederike (Friedl), 
among his few possessions until he died in a Paris hospital for the indigent in 1939. In the 
mid-1920s, Friedl began to manifest symptoms of schizophrenia, and she was eventually 
institutionalized, plunging Josef into an alcoholic crisis of his own. Josef paid for her stays in 
a series of private sanatoria until he was no longer able, and Friedl was murdered by the Nazi 
euthanasia program at Schloss Hartheim in Austria in 1940.
The snapshots in Roth’s archival collection show an outwardly happy couple traveling around Europe 
during the period when Josef was a star correspondent
for the Frankfurter Zeitung.

Walter Schlect The Leo Baeck Institute’s photo collection contains tens of thousands of photographs of individuals, organizations, synagogues, and important historical events. In recent years, digitization has radically expanded access to this unique collection, but LBI recently launched an initiative to improve access to historic photographs in order to keep pace with evolving standards. Archivist…

A Conversation on Jewish Identity With Future Leaders of German Jewry

ELES students during one of the organization’s Auslandsakadamie seminars
in New York.

A group of 14 Jewish students from Germany will spend two days at the Leo Baeck Institute in late October. The college and graduate level students are supported by the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES), a scholarship program funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.