Projects

Rare Painting by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim Shown at LBI

Freitag Abend [Friday Evening Blessing], by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Freitag Abend [Friday Evening Blessing], an atmospheric painting from 1867 by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, was put on display by LBI at the Center for Jewish History from November 8–20, 2015.

LBI Contributes Paper to UN Holocaust Outreach Program

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How has the Leo Baeck Institute contributed to the remembrance of the Holocaust and its victims? Executive Director of the LBI, William H. Weitzer, discussed this question in a recent contribution to the United Nations Discussion Paper Series of the UN Holocaust Outreach Program.

Field Work Continues for LBI Archival Survey in Romania

Clockwise from upper left: Letterhead from Circle of Jewish Intellectuals in Romania addressed to the Association for the Support of Jews from Bukovina; Bukovina election sheets from the immediate pre-war years; Moise Farkas, lumber specialist in the Saxon town of Sch äßburg/Sighisoara; Postcard addressed to the Association of Jews Deported to Transnistria; Rabbi of Straßburg am Mieresch/Aiud, Transylvania (Saxon town), 1943, from a wartime application to be exempt from forced labor.

LBI’s survey of archives related to German-speaking Jewish communities in Bukovina and Transylvania is now entering its fourth year of field work in Romanian archival repositories. Field archivist and researcher Julie Dawson is currently wrapping up several months of research in Bucharest.

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.

LBI recently launched an initiative to improve access to historic photographs in order to keep pace with evolving standards.

Exile in the Spotlight: How Kurt Hirschfeld made Zurich into the World Stage for German Theater

Kurt Hirschfeld

The ensemble of refugee Jews and Marxists that Hirschfeld assembled at the Schauspielhaus Zurich—from the expressionist theater pioneer Gustav Hartung to the distinguished actress and original “Mother Courage” Therese Giehse—kept the best traditions of German theater alive during the Nazi years.

In our Midst. Facets of Jewish Life in Leipzig in the Modern Era

The Leipzig Brühl around 1920. Leipzig Jewish Community Collection, F 9629.
One of Leipzig’s oldest streets, the Brühl was flanked by narrow alleys and
courtyards with houses that traditionally offered lodging for Jewish fur traders
during the Leipzig Messe. In the early 20th century, these were replaced by the
furriers’ grand warehouse and office buildings, which reflected the city’s
significance as a hub for the fur trade. When this photograph was taken, around
10,000 people worked in Leipzig’s fur industry, supplying about a third of all fur
goods worldwide.

This exhibition at the City Library of Leipzig illuminates this history with items from LBI’s own rich collection alongside loans from local institutions including the Ephraim Carlebach Foundation and the City History Museum in Leipzig.

Stolen Heart: Exhibit on Expropriation in Heart of Berlin coming to LBI

An aerial photograph of Berlin in 1925 highlighting Jewish-owned properties.

Opening March 23, 2016 “Stolen Heart” focuses on “Aryanization,” or the forced transfer of Jewish property into non-Jewish hands, in Berlin’s central “Mitte” district. The stories of five families will illustrate a historical episode that has yet to be properly recognized and fully documented.

Sara Levy’s World: Music, Gender, and Judaism in Enlightenment Berlin

Clockwise from top left: Musicians perform a work by J.S. Bach that was preserved in the archive of Sara Levy; an engraving by Anton Graff , probably of Sara Levy; Rebecca Cypess at the harpsichord; (l-r) Cypess, Christoph Wolff , and Nancy Sinkoff Photos by Philip Maier.

The Forchheimer Auditorium at the Center for Jewish History (CJH) took on the atmosphere of an artistic salon in Enlightenment-era Berlin on May 19 as a group of performers and scholars explored the life, times, and music of Sara Levy, one of the most influential hostesses of her day.

Preservation in the LBI Library

Threads in a sewn binding

Caring for a library of over 80,000 physical volumes is a hands-on job, according to Lauren Paustian, an associate librarian who handles many of the LBI Library’s preservation efforts.

LBI Materials Now Searchable in More Global Databases

Catalog aggregators that now link to LBI records

Leo Baeck Institute has made strides toward integrating its holdings into major global library catalogs, which means more one-stop-shopping for researchers interested in Jewish history.