Born to a Jewish family in Kiev, raised in Baku, and converted to Islam in Berlin, Essad Bey’s orientalist writings reached a huge audience in the Weimar Republic.
This month, the CJH's People of the Book Club will discuss Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey, an exquisite novel of domestic drama set in and around Buchenwald during World War II.
Author Karina Urbach will discuss the theft of her grandmother's cookbook, the journey of reclaiming her work, and the larger picture of restitution and what it can include.
Author Julie Metz will discuss her book Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother’s Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind, with Lauren Gilbert and Michael Simonson.
The LBI Book Club will read and discuss the play Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler with special guest Dr. Judith Beniston.
In this discussion of the film Back to Berlin, director Catherine Lurie and historian Dr. Moshe Zimmermann will examine the intersection of sports, antisemitism, and racism in German-Jewish history.
The LBI Book Club will read and discuss The Oppermanns by Lion Feuchtwanger with guest Peter Jelavich.
In 1967, Stephen Birmingham published his best-selling social history of New York’s elite German-Jewish banking families and posited a new, Jewish, American aristocracy. Historians Susie Pak (St. John’s) and Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia) join journalist Daniel Schulman (Mother Jones ) to evaluate the legend and the reality of “Our Crowd” and …
The LBI Book Club will discuss Job: The Story of a Simple Man by Joseph Roth with British journalist and author Keiron Pim.
Michael Simonson and Nancy Berliner will discuss LBI's collections related to David Ludwig Bloch, a deaf Jewish artist from Bavaria who found refuge in Shanghai following his flight from Nazi Europe.