In the early 16th century, one of the first public controversies carried out on the relatively new medium of the printed page concerned whether the people of the book should be allowed any of their books at all. In a series of increasingly vitriolic pamphlets, Johannes Pfefferkorn, a Jewish butcher who had converted to Christianity,…
Pre-war Jewish life in Hungary from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries was astonishingly diverse in language, religious practice, and lifestyle. Join us for a fascinating evening as scholars of social history delve deeply into the thriving daily lives of these Hungarian, Yiddish, and German-speaking Jews along with author Andras Koerner.
Jan Bürger and George Prochnik will discuss one of the most important and enigmatic writers of the modern era, and provide insights into his astonishing body of work with the aid of manuscripts and letters from the Leo Baeck Institute, New York, and the German Literature Archive, Marbach.
The first volume of its kind, “Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture” draws together three significant areas of inquiry: Jewish music, German culture, and the legacy of the Holocaust. The volume makes powerful arguments about the impact of the Holocaust and its aftermath in changing contexts of musical performance and composition.
The Leo Baeck Institutes in New York and London sponsored the first international conference on the German-Jewish émigré theater director Kurt Hirschfeld in Zurich in March 2015. Now, LBI will reprise that successful program in New York City.
A new exhibit, “Allied in the Fight,” on display in The David Berg Rare Book Room at the Center for Jewish History recounts the efforts made by American Jews and African Americans to fight for the fundamental American promise of equality before and during the Civil Rights era. Additionally, “Rosenwald,” a film by Aviva Kempner, tells the remarkable story of a Jewish partnership with African American communities.
George Prochnik, author of a brilliant new study of Stefan Zweig, leads a dialog on Zweig’s rise and fall, the gulf between the world of ideas in Europe and in America, and the consuming struggle of those forced to forsake one for the other.
An event marking the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Jewish life took different paths on either side of the Berlin Wall. In the East, Jews fled or faced East Germany’s anti-religion, anti-Zionist polices. In the West, Jews sought normalcy but lived “with packed suitcases.” A panel discussion featuring leading scholars and…
The upheaval and mass migrations of WWI led to new encounters between Eastern and Western European Jews, and narrowed the divide between these two cultures. This roundtable examines the consequences of these encounters and the origins of the Jewish East-West division. With Steve Aschheim (Hebrew University), Hasia Diner (NYU), and Anson Rabinbach (Princeton University).
Journalist Peter Beinart leads a discussion on the dramatic Post-War period and the creation of the state of Israel, bringing together the experiences of Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jewish migrants in Eastern Europe, Allied-occupied Germany and Israel.