Projects

A New Provenance Research Handbook for Jewish Ceremonial Objects

The idea for a new handbook on provenance research emerged during preparations for the Terezin Declaration at the Holocaust-Era-Assets Conference in Prague in 2009. After overcoming the financial and organizational hurdles that come with such an endeavor, Julie-Marthe Cohen presents a work that includes detailed guides to the main archival sources for provenance research on looted goods as well as a historical overview of looting and dispersion and an illustrated introduction to Jewish ceremonial objects in general.

Commemorating 80 Years Since 1938, One Day at a Time

1938 was a watershed year for German-speaking Jews as they were forced to realize that they had no future in Germany. In 2018, the Leo Baeck Institute will post online a document from each day of the year. Join us for an unusual journey, 80 years back in time, to remember—or to learn—how the events unfolded.

A Visit to the German Literature Archive in Marbach

This June, Renate Evers, Director of Collections, visited the German Literature Archive. (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach – DLA). In Marbach, she gave a talk about traces of emigrant libraries in the collections of the LBI and spent a week learning about the activities and holdings of the leading repository of sources related to German-language literature. In this article, Evers shares about the many parallels she and her colleagues at the DLA discovered between their institutions as well as rich opportunities for future collaboration…

Art Books From LBI Collections Now Available Through Getty Research Portal

Art books from the LBI collections are now available through the Getty Research Portal. The new partnership is aimed at increasing public exposure to digitized illustrated books and artists’ portfolios in the LBI’s collections that may not be available anywhere else.

Survey of Romanian Archives Shifts Focus to Jewish Community Records

A survey of archival material related to the Jewish history of Transylvania and Bukovina will begin a new chapter based on important discoveries by project director Julie Dawson, who found rich unprocessed information in Jewish community archives.

Conferences in Germany 2016: “1938: Forced Migration and Flight” and “Jews in the GDR”

LBI co-sponsored two conferences in Germany in fall 2016: The conferences in Leipzig and Berlin took a fresh look at two chapters of German Jewish history—forced migration, specifically in the year of 1938, and Jewish life in the GDR.

“German and Jewish”— A traveling Exhibition by Leo Baeck Institute in Germany

In recent years, the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) has increasingly worked to support the engagement of modern German society with German Jewish history—especially from the perspective of the émigré community that built the LBI’s rich collections. The new traveling exhibit, “German and Jewish” takes this a step further. The objects in the exhibition are returning for the first time to the land that their owners left the better part of a century ago.

Promoting the Braunschweig Region as Cradle of Modern Jewish Studies

The banker Israel Jacobson (1768–1828) founded a school that became the first in Germany to educate both Jewish and Christian pupils. It was one of the first educational institutions to emerge from the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment, and Israel Jacobson became a leader in the Jewish Reform movement. The Israel Jacobson Network, founded in April 2016 by representatives of 30 academic, cultural, business, and political institutions, promotes public awareness of the unique achievements of the remarkable citizens of the region. The founders of the network made it their goal to promote interest in Jewish history and culture through the creative use of historic sites.

Milestone in the Reconstruction of the Freimann Collection

The Library of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt added the 10,000th title to the Freimann Collection of books related to the Wissenschaft des Judentums. The LBI Library and the Center for Jewish History (CJH) have been working for years to help Frankfurt virtually reconstruct a foundational collection for Jewish studies that was once thought lost forever.

Family of Rare Book Donor Visits LBI

This spring, an exhibition in the David Berg Rare Book Room at the Center for Jewish History displayed rare books from the collection of Frank L. Herz. The works on display included Johannes Reuchlin’s Augenspiegel from 1511, one of the earliest treatises against antisemitism and intolerance. Descendents of Herz who attended the exhibition opening were moved seeing the collection of their father, father-in-law, and grandfather being presented to the public.