ZIONISMUS: The German Roots of Zionism

Undated (likely pre-WWI) postcard from the Jewish National Fund AR 2536. This postcard depicts the certificate awarded for a donation to support the planting of five or more olive trees in Palestine at a cost of 6 marks per tree.

This exhibition calls on books, periodicals, correspondence, and photographs from the collections of Leo Baeck Institute to trace the transformation of Zionism from a utopian dream to matter of survival for German-speaking Jews.

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.

Burning Words: The Battle of the Books

Michael Wolgemut, The Burning of the Jews during the Time of the Plague (Schedels Weltchronik), woodcut, 1493

Extended through June 3, 2016 Not long after the invention of the printing press, one of the first public debates carried out on the new medium of the printed page concerned whether the people of the book should be allowed any of their books at all. An exhibition of extremely rare volumes from the period reveals strains of zealous antisemitism as well as the beginnings of an enlightened Humanism.

Crisis and Opportunity: The Cultural Impact of German-Jewish Refugees

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In this exhibit, LBI profiles the experiences, struggles, and intellectual achievements of Nazi-era émigrés who came to the US.

Leo Baeck Fellowship Program

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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, and Leo Baeck Institute London announce fellowships that provide a monthly stipend for one year to doctoral students pursuing research in the field of history and Culture of German-speaking Jewry.

Final Sale in Berlin—Database of Jewish-Owned Businesses in Berlin Now Part of LBI Collections

An entry in the database for the wholesale egg business owned by Jakob Intrator, whose 
granddaughter Joanne joined Kreutzmüller at LBI on September 30, 2015.

Christoph Kreutzmüller On September 30, 2015, historian Christoph Kreutzmueller presented the new English translation of his study on the destruction of Jewish commercial life in Berlin and formally donated a remarkable database of Jewish businesses to Leo Baeck Institute. Since 2005, I have been studying how the National Socialist regime systematically destroyed and looted businesses…

Meine Liebe Käthe—A trove of century-old letters adds fuel to WWI debate

Letters from Kurt Riezler to Käthe Liebermann written in the early months of WWI. AR 25484

Engagement letters from a young Bavarian Catholic aid to the German Chancellor and the daughter of one of early 20th century Germany’s most famous painters speak volumes about the German-Jewish milieu in Wilhelmine Berlin and may also shed light on the origins of World War I.

Leo Baeck Institute Featured at Deutscher Verein Dinner

LBI President Emeritus Ismar Schorsch (l) with Jürgen Ostertag, a Stuttgart native and New York-based attorney who is the president of one of the city’s oldest social clubs, Deutscher Verein.

LBI President Emeritus Ismar Schorsch attended the Deutscher Verein’s annual dinner at the Union Club on September 9, 2015 to give a lecture that reflected on both the 60th anniversary of the Leo Baeck Institute and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.

Bures Praises Young Volunteers behind LBI’s Austrian Heritage Collection

Simeon Gozivoda (l.) and Jan Dreer with Doris Bures at Leo Baeck Institute,
New York, where the young volunteers shared examples of their work with the
Social Democratic politician.

Doris Bures, the President of the National Council of Austria (the upper house of Austria’s parliament) visited LBI in New York on August 27, 2015 to learn about the Institute and meet two young volunteers who are working to document stories of Austrian refugees in lieu of their mandatory military service in Austria.

Family Matters—Fourth Generation of Bambergers Introduced to LBI

The Bambergers—Back row: Gabrielle, Sarah, Kenneth, Michael; 3rd row: Max, Isaiah, Kristin, 
Madeleine, Phylis; 2nd row: Quinn, Niva, Ella; 1st row: Ezra

When LBI Vice President Michael Bamberger brought the youngest generation of his extended family to the Leo Baeck Institute on a mid-summer morning in 2015, he was continuing a long tradition of family involvement with the Institute.