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Eighty years after the events of 1938, how does one grasp the mixture of horror and surprise felt by the victims of the Nazi regime? One significant way is to look at the letters, diaries, and photographs saved by German Jews and their families. Over the course of 2018, using documents from our archives and those of several partner institutions, the Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin updated with personal stories based on documents from our own collections and the collections of partner institutions—one for each day in 1938. These materials illustrate the range of reactions and emotions that individuals and families had as they struggled to escape Germany and Austria in order to survive. In addition, significant world events were described alongside the calendar entries to provide a broad context for the individual stories.

1938Projekt Mini-Documentary

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