Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship

Moritz Steinschneider writing at his desk

Apply by March 1 for this grant to support scholars working in the field of German-Jewish history.

Banker Max Warburg Honored with Leo Baeck Medal

Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin honored the Hamburg banker Max Warburg with the 2017 Leo Baeck Medal in a ceremony at the Center for Jewish History in New York on November 15, 2017.

Bewahren, was vergehen sollte: Die Digitalisierung von Zeitschriften im LBI

Nichts ist so alt wie die Zeitung von gestern? Die journalistische Binsenweisheit erscheint im Leo Baeck Institut in neuem Licht. Viele der archivierten Zeitschriften hier sind nicht nur Tage oder Dekaden, sondern Jahrhunderte alt. Und tatsaechlich geht die Zeit mit keinem anderen Posten in der Archivwelt so gnadenlos um wie mit den Zeitungen. Das macht…

Walter Langhammer und die Strahlkraft Indiens

  Ein huebscher Marktplatz in der Mittagssonne, ein kleines Dorf in den Alpen, ein Staedtchen am Rande eines Sees, dahinter die Berge. Die drei Bilder locken mit leuchtenden Farben, aufgetragen mit expressionistisch-federnden Pinselstrichen. Am liebsten moechte man in ihnen Urlaub machen. Was die strahlenden Bilder nicht verraten: Die Lebensgeschichte ihres Erschaffers steht der Leuchtkraft seiner…

Walter Langhammer and the Illumination of India

Walter Langhammer, born in 1905 in the Austrian city of Graz, is considered one of the founding fathers of the most famous of India’s schools of modern oil painting, the “Bombay Progressives.” The LBI preserves three of his joy- and colorful paintings, both in its New York based archives as well as online. In this article, we honor Langhammer’s creative and dedicated path of life, all the way to India and back.

A New Provenance Research Handbook for Jewish Ceremonial Objects

The idea for a new handbook on provenance research emerged during preparations for the Terezin Declaration at the Holocaust-Era-Assets Conference in Prague in 2009. After overcoming the financial and organizational hurdles that come with such an endeavor, Julie-Marthe Cohen presents a work that includes detailed guides to the main archival sources for provenance research on looted goods as well as a historical overview of looting and dispersion and an illustrated introduction to Jewish ceremonial objects in general.

Commemorating 80 Years Since 1938, One Day at a Time

1938 was a watershed year for German-speaking Jews as they were forced to realize that they had no future in Germany. In 2018, the Leo Baeck Institute will post online a document from each day of the year. Join us for an unusual journey, 80 years back in time, to remember—or to learn—how the events unfolded.

Knowledge in Flight: A Conversation with Henry Kaufman on Scholar Rescue

The LBI archives are full of references to scholars who escaped the Nazi threat with the aid of foreign benefactors. The political philosopher Hannah Arendt, the sociologist Werner Cahnman, and the writers Franz Werfel, Hans Sahl, and Lion Feuchtwanger are among the hundreds saved by the American journalist Varian Fry working in Marseille. The list of over 330 scholars placed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in an effort helmed by Edward R. Murrow resembles a list of LBI archival collections. Illustrator Hugo Steiner-Prag landed at NYU, a position was found in Berkeley for historian Ernst Kantorowicz, and the art historian Hermann Gundersheimer took a position at Temple University. Today, another generation of benefactors is continuing this work through some of the same institutions.

A Visit to the German Literature Archive in Marbach

This June, Renate Evers, Director of Collections, visited the German Literature Archive. (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach – DLA). In Marbach, she gave a talk about traces of emigrant libraries in the collections of the LBI and spent a week learning about the activities and holdings of the leading repository of sources related to German-language literature. In this article, Evers shares about the many parallels she and her colleagues at the DLA discovered between their institutions as well as rich opportunities for future collaboration…

Making the Edythe Griffinger Art Catalog – Interview with Chris Bentley, Systems Archivist

In March 2017, LBI celebrated the launch of the Edythe Griffinger Art Catalog, a new way to search LBI’s unique art and objects catalog online. LBI News spoke to two staff members who played a key role in developing this unique resource. Here is the interview with Chris.