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Episode 1: Archives of Love

Christian Bailey

Love is one of the great constants of human history—and German Jews are no exception. LBI’s archive contains countless memoirs, letters, and diaries that demonstrate the complex romantic lives of German Jews going back centuries. In this episode, Mark Oppenheimer sits down with Christian Bailey, the author of German Jews in Love: A History. They touch on the transition from arranged marriages to love matches, the dynamic between mixed-faith couples in the 1930s, and how the Third Reich impacted the sex lives of German Jews.

LBI Presents is a production of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York | Berlin and Antica Productions

Hosted by Mark Oppenheimer.

Executive Producers include Laura Regehr, Stuart Coxe, and Bernie Blum. Senior Producer is Debbie Pacheco. Associate Producer is Emily Morantz, with help from Maizie Solomon. Sound design and audio mix by Philip Wilson.