Past Events

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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Our dinner is nearly fully subscribed, but a limited number of tickets are still available. Please call (212) 744-6400 ext. 4 to reserve. This year, LBI will present the Leo Baeck Medal for the first time to a couple who have used their positions and their expertise in diplomacy and journalism respectively to make lasting…

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Raphael Gross discusses the reception and representation of Anne Frank’s diaries, placing them in the framework of a more comparative European cultural, intellectual, literary and political history.

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Please note that this event has been rescheduled from the original date of November 12, published in the CJH September/October Program brochure. On December 2, 1938, just weeks after Kristallnacht, the first group of unaccompanied Jewish refugee children arrived in the United Kingdom. LBI and Yeshiva University Museum launch an exhibition exploring this remarkable effort…

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LBI remembers the events of November 9, 1938, when state-sponsored gangs destroyed Jewish homes, synagogues, and businesses. With historian Marion Kaplan, the premiere of a short documentary featuring living eyewitnesses who live in New York City, and a musical performance.

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In the first of a lecture series sponsored by civic activists Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and her husband, Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, the distinguished journalist Bill Moyers will reflect on Jewish history and the Jewish and other values that can inform the struggle for a just and fair society during this crucial and tumultuous moment in history.

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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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Director Aaron Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in Restoring Tomorrow, the story of how the treasured Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles was saved from demise by a community’s determination.

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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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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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