Max A. Warburg

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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011

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Mr. Max M. Warburg, Vice Chairman of M.M. Warburg & Co., represents over 200 years of Warburg family leadership of one of Germany’s largest private banks, and he has also carried forward a philanthropic legacy that is among the best traditions of German-speaking Jewish culture. Hospitals, universities, major arts institutions, and museums on both sides of the Atlantic owe their existence to the leadership and generosity of generations of Warburgs. Max, born in New York and educated in Germany, has become an enthusiastic champion of the causes supported by his forbears. His grandfather Max senior, together with Leo Baeck, was at the forefront of Jewish self-help efforts after 1933. His father, Eric, who organized Leo Baeck’s departure from Theresienstadt to England in 1945, founded the German Friends of the University of Haifa 40 years ago, and today Max serves on the University’s Board. Max is also Chairman of the Israelitisches Krankenhaus Hamburg, a 175-year-old Jewish clinic that was rebuilt after the Second World War thanks to the efforts of his father, Eric.

As the son of émigrés who returned to Germany in the post-war period, Max Warburg also understands the importance of historical memory in a country that can take pride in the significant achievements of its Jewish minority but must also confront the legacy of the Holocaust. In addition to his philanthropic work, Max is the custodian of the Warburg family archives, an immense collection of materials that includes records detailing the family’s critical role in Jewish communal efforts such as the Joint Distribution Committee’s aid for Jewish victims of WWI and the Warburg bank’s work in facilitating the emigration of German Jews after 1933. Leo Baeck Institute is proud to honor Max Warburg—an extraordinary individual who represents an extraordinary family.

6:00 PM Reception in the Katherine and Clifford H. Goldsmith Gallery and the Batkin Mezzanine
7:00 PM Dinner and Award Ceremony in the Steinberg Great Hall