LBI News No. 104 | Fall 2017

This fall, LBI News accompanies Renate Evers, Director of Collections, on her visit to the German Literature Archive in Marbach, reflects about scholar rescue in conversation with Henry Kaufman, talks to Roger Cohen from The New York Times about the relevance of German-Jewish history to the Syrian refugee crisis, and hears from Kerry Elkins and Chris Bentley (both LBI) about the making of the Edythe Griffinger Art Catalog. Julie-Marthe Cohen presents a new provenance research handbook for Jewish ceremonial objects, David N. Myers, new president & CEO of the Center for Jewish History in New York, shares about his personal connection to Germany, we learn about the delicate process of digitizing more than 60 periodicals preserved by LBI, and, finally, we travel to India, where we follow the colorful footsteps left by Austrian artist Walter Langhammer during his time there in exile.

Preserving Yesterday’s News with the CJH and Frankfurt University Library

The LBI is working toward the digitization of 60 rare periodicals encompassing 70,000 pages in 2017 after having already digitized 130 periodical titles in 2016. Many of the newspapers preserved in the collections of the LBI are more than a century old, and few other media in the library world show the ravages of time like newspapers, which were practically designed to be disposable. That makes digitizing them as tricky as it is urgent.

Becoming “German Jews” in America

September 6 – December 22, 2017 This exhibition looks at the changing face of German-Jewish culture in America prior to World War I. It explores traditions and connections that—though largely submerged today—played a vital role in shaping the Jewish and American experience.

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George Salter: A Legacy of Book Design

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. This exhibition on his career and design philosophy draws on a collection of hundreds of books from the library of the Leo Baeck Institute with jackets designed by Salter.

LBI News No. 103 | Spring 2017

In this issue of LBI News, we report about a new cooperation between the Getty Research Institute in California and the LBI. Julie Dawson gives insight into the developments of her archival project in Romania, where she has found important yet unprocessed information in Jewish community archives. We look back on the award of the Leo Baeck Medal to Robert M. Morgenthau in November 2016 and introduce the 2017 awardees of the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards as well as the Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellows 2016/17. LBI archivist Michael Simonson traces the story of fellow archivist Jacob Jacobson whose survival of the Nazi persecution is closely linked with the survival of the largest and most-used collection in the LBI archives; plus, you will learn how the Jacob Jacobson Collection is used in research today. Finally, film scholar Noah Isenberg talks about the research for his latest book, which sheds light on the central role Jewish refugees played in the production of the classic film Casablanca.

Film Scholar Noah Isenberg Will Always Have Casablanca

Noah Isenberg, director of screen studies at The New School and a member of the LBI’s Academic Advisory Board, is the author of a new history of the iconic film Casablanca that focuses on the role of refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe in the making of the film. LBI News spoke to Isenberg about his research.

Listening to Records—The Jacob Jacobson Collection in Research

Jordan Katz, a fellow at the Center for Jewish History and a member of the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme in 2016–2017, has been making use of the Jacob Jacobson Collection at the LBI for her doctoral research. The fourth-year Ph.D. student in Early Modern Jewish history at Columbia University explores the role of Jewish “wise women” and midwives in communities in the early modern Ashkenazic world.

Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellows 2016

Thanks to the generosity of Professor Gerald Westheimer, the LBI supports fellowships for scholars who are early in their careers to pursue research on the social, cultural, and academic aspects of the life of Jews in German-speaking countries between the time of Moses Mendelssohn and the Third Reich and its aftermath. The LBI is proud to introduce Verena Buser and Nick Block as the Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellows for 2016–2017.

Art Books From LBI Collections Now Available Through Getty Research Portal

Art books from the LBI collections are now available through the Getty Research Portal. The new partnership is aimed at increasing public exposure to digitized illustrated books and artists’ portfolios in the LBI’s collections that may not be available anywhere else.