Walter Nathan—Leaving a Legacy at Leo Baeck Institute

Walter Nathan

A commitment to the importance of history and family led Chicago businessman Walter Nathan to press for a memorial to Jews in his father’s native town in Germany and to include Leo Baeck Institute in his estate planning.

Just Passing Through, but Taking a Stand—Jewish Student Politics in Vienna, 1967–1975

Hermann Teifer was born 1949 in Vienna and studied Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, and Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna, where he earned his doctorate in 1975. He worked as a freelance author in Jerusalem and New York and raised two sons. After his sons left home he studied library science at Queens College and joined LBI as an archivist in 2008.

Hermann Teifer The University of Vienna celebrates its 650th anniversary this year, and the city’s Jewish Museum is marking the occasion with an exhibition that explores the long and tumultuous relationship between Jews and the University. After the expulsion of the Jews from Vienna in 1421, the rubble of the old synagogue was used to…

More than Just a Moment—Unlocking the Value of the LBI Photo Collection

Friedl Roth with an unidentified
man, 1920s
Joseph Roth Collection, AR 1764

Austrian writer Josef Roth carried dozens of snapshots of his estranged wife, Friederike (Friedl), 
among his few possessions until he died in a Paris hospital for the indigent in 1939. In the 
mid-1920s, Friedl began to manifest symptoms of schizophrenia, and she was eventually 
institutionalized, plunging Josef into an alcoholic crisis of his own. Josef paid for her stays in 
a series of private sanatoria until he was no longer able, and Friedl was murdered by the Nazi 
euthanasia program at Schloss Hartheim in Austria in 1940.
The snapshots in Roth’s archival collection show an outwardly happy couple traveling around Europe 
during the period when Josef was a star correspondent
for the Frankfurter Zeitung.

LBI recently launched an initiative to improve access to historic photographs in order to keep pace with evolving standards.

A Conversation on Jewish Identity With Future Leaders of German Jewry

ELES students during one of the organization’s Auslandsakadamie seminars
in New York.

A group of 14 Jewish students from Germany will spend two days at the Leo Baeck Institute in late October. The college and graduate level students are supported by the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES), a scholarship program funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Exile in the Spotlight: How Kurt Hirschfeld made Zurich into the World Stage for German Theater

Kurt Hirschfeld

The ensemble of refugee Jews and Marxists that Hirschfeld assembled at the Schauspielhaus Zurich—from the expressionist theater pioneer Gustav Hartung to the distinguished actress and original “Mother Courage” Therese Giehse—kept the best traditions of German theater alive during the Nazi years.

LBI News No. 99 — Fall 2015


In this issue, a sensational discovery in the LBI Archives stokes the debate on the origins of WWI, an archivist discusses the care and identification of early photographs, and a database of Jewish businesses in Berlin fills a longstanding gap in documentation of the expropriation of Jews by the Nazis.

Leo Baeck Institute London


The Leo Baeck Institute, London publishes the LBI Year Book, internationally recognized as the leading publication in its field, as well as the Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, and organizes a variety of scholarly conferences. It also offers fellowships to scholars, runs a joint MA program in European Jewish history with Queen Mary, University of London and generally promotes research on German-Jewish history and culture at English universities.

Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem

Martin Buber, Ernst Simon, and Shmuel Hugo Bergman at the founding conference of Leo Baeck Institute, May 30, 1955

LBI Jerusalem has expanded the original mission and added new activities and programs of relevance to contemporary Israeli society by encouraging a dialogue focusing on the experiences and traditions of German and Central European Jewry. LBI Jerusalem considers research to be its foremost priority and since its inception, has published many studies on German and Central European Jewry in Hebrew, English, and German.

Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des LBI in Deutschland

Die Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des LBI in Deutschland setzt sich aus in Deutschland lebenden Forschern zusammen, die sich aktiv mit der deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur befassen. Sie organisiert Konferenzen und Seminare zur deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte insbesondere anlässlich des Deutschen Historikertags. Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum Technische Universität Berlin Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7 (TEL 9-1) 10587 Berlin Tel: +49 (0)30-314-25851 Fax…

LBI News No. 98 — Summer 2015


In this issue, a librarian explains how library preservation sometimes means taking books apart, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger discusses archives, memory, and loss, and a new exhibit looks at the German-Jewish roots of Zionism.