Leo Baeck Institute works to preserve and promote the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.
"Refuge in the Heights" Exhibition Opening with Rob Snyder
Refuge in the Heights: The German Jews of Washington Heights
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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. Although his novels and essays depicting life in locales such as Azerbaijan and the Caucasus helped shape notions of a mysterious and romantic East in the German public imagination, the Muslim community in Berlin and scholars of the region found his imagination was sometimes stronger than his command of history. His own incredible life may have been the most fantastical story he left us, however. Michael Lahr will give a lecture on Essad Bey’s life and times, followed by a dramatic reading of selected works (in German) by the actor Gregorij H. von Leitis.
Co-sponsored by the American Sephardi Federation and the Lahr & von Leitis Academy & Archive