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LBI News No. 100 | Spring 2016

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Field Work Continues for LBI Archival Survey in Romania

Clockwise from upper left: Letterhead from Circle of Jewish Intellectuals in Romania addressed to the Association for the Support of Jews from Bukovina; Bukovina election sheets from the immediate pre-war years; Moise Farkas, lumber specialist in the Saxon town of Sch äßburg/Sighisoara; Postcard addressed to the Association of Jews Deported to Transnistria; Rabbi of Straßburg am Mieresch/Aiud, Transylvania (Saxon town), 1943, from a wartime application to be exempt from forced labor.

LBI’s survey of archives related to German-speaking Jewish communities in Bukovina and Transylvania is now entering its fourth year of field work in Romanian archival repositories. Field archivist and researcher Julie Dawson is currently wrapping up several months of research in Bucharest.

LBI Contributes Paper to UN Holocaust Outreach Program

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How has the Leo Baeck Institute contributed to the remembrance of the Holocaust and its victims? Executive Director of the LBI, William H. Weitzer, discussed this question in a recent contribution to the United Nations Discussion Paper Series of the UN Holocaust Outreach Program.

Rare Painting by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim Shown at LBI

Freitag Abend [Friday Evening Blessing], by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Freitag Abend [Friday Evening Blessing], an atmospheric painting from 1867 by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, was put on display by LBI at the Center for Jewish History from November 8–20, 2015.

Digitization and Beyond: LBI Staff Report on Library and Archives Trends

Conferences like the 6th International Library Congress in Leipzig, Germany, attended by Renate
Evers, offer new perspectives, opportunities to
exchange lessons learned and insights into the latest developments in the field of librarianship.

LBI Library staff Renate Evers, Ginger Barna, Tracey Felder and Lauren Paustian engaged with current issues and developments in librarianship at several conferences in 2015 and 2016.

Staff Transitions at Leo Baeck Institute

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Long-time staff have moved into new roles in order to better manage LBI’s growing collections, and new staff will help expand access and awareness of LBI collections.

Leo Baeck Medal for Eric R. Kandel

Eric Kandel

The Vienna-born scientist was honored for his contributions to the understanding of memory, both in the lab and as applied to the tumultuous history of the 20th century. The laureate, as Ronald B. Sobel, president of the Leo Baeck Institute emphasized, was, “with all of his other gifts, a magnificent mensch”.

Carol Kahn Strauss Thanked for Two Decades of Leadership

Carol Kahn Strauss

At the Annual Award Dinner, LBI President Ronald B. Sobel recognized former International Director Carol Kahn Strauss, who retired at the end of 2015 after 21 years of service.

Moses Mendelssohn Award for Michael A. Meyer

Michael Meyer (c) with Ronald B. Sobel and Joan C. Lessing

As the Leo Baeck Institute celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015, LBI president Ronald B. Sobel and board member Joan C. Lessing presented the Moses Mendelssohn Award to historian Michael A. Meyer for his scholarly achievements.

In Memoriam: Hans George Hirsch

Manuscript of a speech held by Hans George Hirsch in honor of his father, Otto Hirsch, held in Stuttgart at the father's 100th birthday in 1985.

Hans George Hirsch, longtime member of the Board of the Leo Baeck Institute, died on December 15, 2015. In the words of William H. Weitzer, Hirsch had been “a bedrock supporter and advisor to the LBI.” Hirsch was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1916.

Arthur Obermayer Honored those who Honor Jewish Memory in Germany

Marlis Glaser, Portrait of Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer, oil on canvas, 2015. Photograph courtesy of Karl Branz, Attenweiler.

On January 10, 2016, Arthur S. Obermayer passed away. Obermayer, an entrepreneur and philanthropist based in the Boston area, had dedicated the later years of his life to strengthening and honoring German-Jewish relations. In 2000, he founded the Obermayer German-Jewish History Awards.

Germany Honors Ronald B. Sobel

Consul General Brita Wagener and Rabbi Dr. Ronald B. Sobel, president of the Leo Baeck Institute (© Christophe Avril)

On October 7, 2015, Ronald B. Sobel, president of the Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin, was presented with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Consul General Brita Wagener.