Born in Manhattan and raised in East Berlin, Irene Runge reflects in her new memoir on how the diversity and urbanity of Jewish life in her native city helped form her sense of Jewish identity and community in Berlin, before and after the fall of the wall.
Renowned historian Fritz Stern and author Elisabeth Sifton present their book on two of the Nazi regime’s most courageous and admirable opponents: the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi.
Professor Julius H. Schoeps will introduce a new English edition of the classic book Jews in Berlin, and Anne Nelson will discuss an edition of essays by Kurt Tucholsky, in English for the first time.
Ari Rath left Austria for Palestine when he was 13 years old and became the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Jerusalem Post. He discusses his new memoir with special guest Wolf Blitzer.
Professor Michael Brenner explains how Jews were instrumental in shaping the traditions and character of Germany’s third largest city, from Löwenbräu beer to the top purveyor of Lederhosen and Dirndl to the city’s champion soccer club.
Bruce Ruben discusses his new biography of the German-born Rabbi Max Lilienthal, who shaped the development of Reform Judaism in the US.
Gerd Bucerius was a German lawyer who took great personal risks to represent Jewish clients during the Nazi Regime in Germany.
Rafael Seligmann speaks about the revitalization of Jewish life in Germany as reflected in the international paper he publishes, “Jewish Voice from Germany.”
To celebrate the launch of LBI’s digital archive, DigiBaeck, speakers Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive) and Nicholas Felton (Facebook, Daytum.com) and a panel moderated by New York Times Reporter Claudia Dreifus address the implications and possibilities of putting 3.5 million pages of primary source-material related to German-Jewish history online.
In his new collection of essays, The Fan Who Knew Too Much (June 2012, Knopf), author Anthony Heilbut ranges across American culture with observations on the career of Aretha Franklin, gays in gospel music, the early history of soap operas, and the world of German exiles from Arendt to Zweig.