Events by type: Panel Discussion

Contributors to a new book of essays written by the descendants of Jews who were deprived of their German citizenship by the Nazis will discuss their stories of returning to Germany and reclaiming German citizenship.

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Rob Snyder, author of the book Crossing Broadway, Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City, leads a walking tour and panel discussion in the northern Manhattan neighborhood once known as “Frankfurt on the Hudson” for its large population of German-Jewish refugees. Eight decades later, the neighborhood is still a vibrant home for new immigrant communities.

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The German-Jewish family that built Macy’s into an iconic retailer also left an indelible legacy in American politics and society. After a morning walking tour of Union Square and a pop-up exhibition of artifacts from Macy’s, the Titanic, and more, a panel including Hasia Diner (NYU) and Rabbi Joanna Samuels (Educational Alliance) will discuss the Straus family’s journey from peddlers to public servants and philanthropists.

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In her new book, Kerry Wallach examines the politics of Jewish identity in Weimar Germany and the ways in which Jews concealed or revealed their identities. With moderator Noah Isenberg (The New School) she will explore facets of Jewish visibility reflected in the new German television series, Babylon Berlin.

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Elliot R. Wolfson and Shaul Magid speak about Wolfson’s highly anticipated new book, The Duplicity of Philosophy’s Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other. In spite of Heidegger’s explicit antisemitic statements, Wolfson reveals some crucial aspects of his thinking that betray an affinity with dimensions of Jewish thought.

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Historian Michael Brenner (American/University of Munich) will discuss contemporary Jewish life in Germany on the occasion of the English-language publication of A History of Jews in Germany since 1945.

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David Toren, a retired New York attorney who was born in 1925 and escaped Germany on a Kindertransport to Sweden in 1939 will discuss how his family recovered a looted painting that had been in the possession of the infamous Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt.

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The mother-daughter team behind The German-Jewish Cookbook (Brandeis University Press, 2017) discuss their historical and gastronomic exploration of German-Jewish cuisine.

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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. A panel of historians and a journalist will evaluate the legend and the reality of “Our Crowd” and the impact of the institutions they created on American life.

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The 2016 film Germans & Jews explores the country’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Post-film discussion with Steven Sokol (American Council on Germany), Rabbi Sonja Keren Pilz (Hebrew Union College), and attorney Steve Zehden (Noerr LLP).

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