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Nearly a century ago in Weimar Germany, a group of physicians and psychologists around Magnus Hirschfeld, many of them Jewish, fought to end the criminalization of homosexuality in Germany with arguments based on a study of human sexuality that was empirical and descriptive rather than normative. Legendary author and educator Ruth Westheimer joins historians Atina Grossmann and Robert Beachy to explore the legacy of German-Jewish gay rights and sex reform pioneers.

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The 2016 film Germans & Jews explores the country’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Post-film discussion with Steven Sokol (American Council on Germany), Rabbi Sonja Keren Pilz (Hebrew Union College), and attorney Steve Zehden (Noerr LLP).

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In the 59th Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture lecture, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen will synthesize the themes of LBI’s fall series into a broader narrative about the disruptions and discontents of modernity, the fragility of democracy, and the twin crises of conflict and migration.

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Conceived by the artistic duo “Astronautenkost” and supported by the Else Lasker-Schüler-Society (Wuppertal) in cooperation with the Center for Persecuted Arts (Solingen), this is the second international installment of a performance project that aims to collect recordings of one-thousand-and-one voices reading the poems of Else Lasker-Schüler for a planned sound exhibition in Solingen.

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In 1967, Stephen Birmingham published his best-selling social history of New York’s elite German-Jewish banking families and posited a new, Jewish, American aristocracy. A panel of historians and a journalist will evaluate the legend and the reality of “Our Crowd” and the impact of the institutions they created on American life.

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Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) examines the development of “prophecy” as a central category in Protestant and Jewish biblical scholarship over the past 200 years.

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To celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, historian Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State) comments on an exhibition that shows how diverse groups of German-speaking immigrants forged an identity in the New World.

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The LBI London, in cooperation with LBI New York and with the Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, is holding a workshop at the Center for Jewish History, New York, 24 August 2017. About the workshop: The defeat of the Wehrmacht in May 1945 put an end to the Nazi policy of annihilation…

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George Salter (1897-1967) was one of the most prolific and influential book designers of the 20th century whose distinguished career included works for all the major publishing houses in both the United States and Germany.

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A conversation about the state of Jewish media in Germany with Rafael Seligman, publisher of the English-language Quarterly, “Jewish Voice from Germany.”

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Kurt Tucholsky is one of Weimar Germany’s most celebrated literary figures, loved by his many readers and hated by the Nazis. A forthcoming re-issue of long out-of-print English translations by Harry Zohn will re-introduce Tucholsky’s satirical masterpieces to today’s readers.

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Dr. Yael Sela-Teichler discusses the 1791 edition of Moses Mendelssohn’s German translation of Psalms, The Book of the Songs of Israel, exploring maskilic renderings of the music of the Hebrews that reclaim biblical poetry as Jewish musical heritage and challenge traditional notions of exile.

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Join us for a talk by NEH Senior Scholar Naomi Seidman exploring the role played by Yiddish and other Jewish languages in Freud’s writing, from the Yiddish of his parents “behind” his Viennese German to the translations and adaptations of his work in Eastern Europe.

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Made in 1989-90, at a decisive historical moment for Germany and Europe, Chronicle of Return documents the lives of German Jews who left Germany under the Nazi regime and returned to what would become the German Democratic Republic

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The Grammy-nominated New Budapest Orpheum Society performs Jewish songs from the Holocaust, gathered from the cabarets, camps, ghettos, theater, and films.

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