Past Events

Enjoy a storied stroll along Ladies Mile, a nine-block stretch once known for posh department stores and architectural grandeur. Join Esther Crain, writer of the award-winning Ephemeral New York blog and author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910, as she weaves in Jewish stories and Gilded Age tales about the people and places that once populated these historic blocks.

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Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, performs works for solo violin by J.S. Bach and other composers interspersed with readings from his novel, The Savior, based partly on his father’s experiences as a musician in Nazi Germany.

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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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Rudolf Klein, professor of modern architectural history at Szent István University, Budapest, will give a talk on his new book, Synagogues in Hungary, 1867–1918 (Central European University Press, 2017).

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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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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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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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Citizen historians are invited to conduct research in newspaper collections and investigate US press coverage for specific Holocaust events in 1938

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So many Jewish traditions under one roof! Join us as we team up with our partner organizations at the Center for Jewish History for a Purim-themed March Mash-Up of family fun.

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A new website and exhibition explore the dramatic events of 1938 from the perspectives of ordinary people. This opening reception will feature Marsha L. Rozenblit, Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Maryland.

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This is the NY Premiere Screening of the film Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels. It was born of the tales Marion Kreith told her daughter, co-director Judy Kreith. Marion escaped war-torn Europe as a young girl with her family, evading Nazi capture and crossing the Atlantic to a tropical paradise. In this film, her story mingles with the personal accounts of other refugees who recall their escape to Havana and the challenges they faced in the exotic and unfamiliar land.

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In this intensely personal, one-man production Eduard Freudmann uses his family’s archive–which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps–to explore his family’s silence about the Holocaust.

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Emma Lazarus​, the nineteenth-century Sephardic American poet and translator, expressed an identity particularly engaged with the Jewish legacy of medieval Spain. This ASF Young Sephardi Scholars Series Lecture by 2018 Broome & Allen Fellow Leonard Stein will explore Lazarus’s proto-Zionism, sexuality, and advocacy for a compassionate American society, positions informed by her readings of al-Andalus and the Spanish Inquisition as interpellated by contemporary German Jewish scholars. Comparing her poetry with these historical sources reveals how her famous work against anti-Semitism and nationalist chauvinism stem from a commitment to her ancestral past.

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The New York City premiere of this documentary film brings us to the filmmaker’s discovery of her grandparents’ confiscated pre-World War II estate and her own German Jewish heritage, and records the work of a Cornell University architecture team to design creative new uses for the site.

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