LBI News No. 93 | Winter 2013

Progress Filling Gaps in Frankfurt Wissenschaft des Judentums Collection

LBI and the Frankfurt University Library have made significant progress in a joint effort to recreate a landmark collection of Judaica that was long believed to be permanently fragmented by World War II.

Library: A Sermon Heard from Berlin to Philadelphia

Among a trio of rare pamphlets associated with Moses Mendelssohn and the Berlin Enlightenment that LBI recently acquired is a remarkable sermon celebrating a Prussian victory in the Seven Years’ War.

New Archival Collections

Among the recent additions to LBI archives are collections documenting the career of German-American Actress Dolly Haas, Berlin Dermatologist Felix Pinkus, and poet Rose Ausländer.

New Abstract Works in the Art Collection

Among the artworks recently donated to LBI are a number of pieces by American artists who were trained in Germany or Austria but whose mature works were created in the fertile post-war American art scene.

2012/2013 Fellows

Moritz Steinschneider writing at his desk

LBI New York continues to support new scholarship in German- Jewish History during 2012–2013 through the administration of the following grants and fellowships. David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship: This fellowship provides financial assistance to scholars whose research projects are connected with the writing of Professor David Baumgardt or his scholarly interests, including Ethics, Wissenschaft des Judentums…

Harry Ettlinger and Otto Oppenheimer: Story of a Monuments Man

In 2011 LBI helped a town in Germany honor its Jewish past and connect with one of its native sons, Harry Ettlinger. Now Ettlinger’s military service during WWII is the subject of an upcoming major motion picture. Those who want the full story will find it in the LBI archives. By Michael Simonson Like many…

An Intellectual Resistance

Language is the very essence of identity and culture; it is the “raison d’être” for a writer, who uses the power that comes with the command of language to act as the conscience of society. The Nazis abused the German language for their political goals and especially their propaganda, but Aufbau has used it to advocate for German-Jewish concerns until the present day.

“Aufbau” – Reconstruction as a Mission

The masthead on the inaugural issue of Aufbau.

Aufbau shuttered its New York offices in August 2004, but the paper’s story did not end there. The Swiss company JM Jüdische Medien AG acquired the paper and re-launched it as a monthly magazine a year later. JM Jüdische Medien’s US Editor, Andreas Mink, reflects on the history of the paper and its journey back to…

Discovery in Romania

Over the past six months, LBI has conducted a survey of Jewish-related archives in Bukovina and Transylvania, two formerly German-speaking regions of Romania. Julie Dawson, the LBI archivist who spearheaded the project, explains how a chance finding in an abandoned synagogue led to a project that will radically expand access to Jewish records in a little-studied area by cataloging long-hidden resources online.

Documenting Jewish Life in East Germany

LBI is launching an initiative to document one of the least explored chapters of German-Jewish history: the contribution of German Jews to the foundation and development of East Germany.