A new exhibit, “Allied in the Fight,” on display in The David Berg Rare Book Room at the Center for Jewish History recounts the efforts made by American Jews and African Americans to fight for the fundamental American promise of equality before and during the Civil Rights era. Additionally, “Rosenwald,” a film by Aviva Kempner, tells the remarkable story of a Jewish partnership with African American communities.
This evening’s program features the Festival’s 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation artist, violist Vladimir Babeshko, in one of Joseph Joachim’s soaring Hebrew Melodies and in Kodaly’s Serenade for String Trio
Feature documentary Return to a Burning House portrays the life of heroine Haviva Reick (1914-1944), an activist during the Slovak National Uprising, a member of British Intelligence and the Palmach, and a passionate Zionist leader. After joining the Palmach strike force of pre-Israel’s army, she was recruited by the British military in 1944 and sent back to Slovakia to rescue Allied airmen and help the remnant of the Jewish community
A group of elite, cosmopolitan Jewish women played a central role in shaping the dynamic cultural world of late 18th-century Berlin. Sara Levy, an influential salon hostess and performing musician interacted with important composers and intellectuals of her day. Professors Nancy Sinkoff (Rutgers) and Christoph Wolff (Harvard) comment on Levy’s life and times and the music performed in this concert.
In the decades following Israel’s establishment, subtle variations appeared in the attitudes of key Jewish members of the Frankfurt School toward the Jewish state. In his new book, The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives and Antisemitism (Cambridge University Press), Jack Jacobs (John Jay College; Graduate Center, CUNY) offers new insights into why.
The 21st century has seen a resurgence of interest in the works of Stefan Zweig, who was amongst the most acclaimed authors worldwide before he fell into obscurity. Mark Gelber (Ben Gurion University) and Birger Vanwesenbeck (SUNY) present two new books that reassess Zweig’s legacy.
Peter Appelbaum will speak about his book, Loyal Sons, which describes, for the first time in English, the experiences of Jews in the German army during the First World War.
At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades after immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger undertook the complex process of making sense of the accumulated ephemera of a lifetime.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of New York City’s Landmarks law and the Landmarks Preservation Board, architectural historian and preservationist Dr. Samuel D. Gruber will trace the rich and varied architectural history of New York synagogues emphasizing remarkable buildings that have been lost, those that have been lovingly restored, and a significant number of noteworthy buildings that could and should be preserved. With an introduction by architectural historian Carol Krinsky.
Kurt Hirschfeld, who built the Schauspielhaus Zürich into the last bastion of free German theater in the 30s, will be the topic of an international conference in Zurich on March 8 – 9, 2015, featuring a dramatic reading by the actors Stefan Kurt (Berliner Ensemble) and Friederike Wagner (Schauspielhaus Zürich).
Andrew Marc Caplan, 2014-15 Cahnman Senior Scholar at CJH, will present his groundbreaking research on Jewish modernity in conjunction with a screening of Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron.
The Wissenschaft des Judentums, launched by Jewish scholars in 19th century Germany, brought worldly disciplines like history, philology, and anthropology to bear on the sacred texts and rites of Judaism. This enterprise not only formed the basis of modern academic Jewish studies, but also shaped the manifold understanding and practice of Judaism as it exists today.
An Unknown Country is an independent film that tells the story of European Jews who were able to reach the shores of Ecuador in the 1930s. Featuring first hand accounts and archival material, the film opens a window on the exiles’ perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in an unknown land. With an introductory Lecture by Dr. Leo Spitzer.
Luise Hirsch uses biography and social history to show how Russian- and German-Jewish women fought their way into the universities of Switzerland and Germany and became the first women professionals in modern history.
Historian Volker Berghahn’s lecture will accompany LBI’s new exhibition German Jews at the Eastern Front in WWI: Modernism Meets Tradition.