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.
Shulamit Volkov will discuss her new book, Walther Rathenau: The Life of Weimar’s Fallen Statesman about the rise and tragic end of Weimar Germany’s Jewish Foreign Minister.
How reliable are autobiographical works and biographical studies for historical work? Professor Mark Gelber (Ben-Gurion University) will discuss Stefan Zweig’s brilliant but problematic depictions of Herzl (and Zionism) and Freud (psychoanalysis, anti-Semitism, and Jewish survival) in his late autobiographical work written predominantly during the period of his American exile,“The World of Yesterday.” (1942)
The final installment of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews’ lecture series entitled “Jewish Thought in Bohemian Lands and Slovakia from Late Renaissance to World War II.”
Michael Brenner, of the University of Munich discussed research from his new book “Prophets of the Past.” “Prophets” is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history. Brenner reveals that perhaps no other group has used their shared history for so many different ideological and political purposes as the Jews.