Events by type: Panel Discussion

RSVP for the Leo Baeck Institute’s Deutschlandjahr event in collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

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Little-known today, Rathaus was a protégé of Franz Schreker and built a successful career in Berlin before fleeing in 1932 due to the deteriorating political situation in Germany.

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Contributors to a new book of essays written by the descendants of Jews who were deprived of their German citizenship by the Nazis will discuss their stories of returning to Germany and reclaiming German citizenship.

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Rob Snyder, author of the book Crossing Broadway, Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City, leads a walking tour and panel discussion in the northern Manhattan neighborhood once known as “Frankfurt on the Hudson” for its large population of German-Jewish refugees. Eight decades later, the neighborhood is still a vibrant home for new immigrant communities.

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Department store historian Michael Lisicky discusses how the Straus family rose from German-Jewish peddlers to department store tycoons and major philanthropists before Isidor Straus’s untimely death on the RMS Titanic. Featuring a pop-up exhibition of memorabilia related to the Titanic tragedy from the collections of the Straus Historical Society.

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In her new book, Kerry Wallach examines the politics of Jewish identity in Weimar Germany and the ways in which Jews concealed or revealed their identities. With moderator Noah Isenberg (The New School) she will explore facets of Jewish visibility reflected in the new German television series, Babylon Berlin.

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Elliot R. Wolfson and Shaul Magid speak about Wolfson’s highly anticipated new book, The Duplicity of Philosophy’s Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other. In spite of Heidegger’s explicit antisemitic statements, Wolfson reveals some crucial aspects of his thinking that betray an affinity with dimensions of Jewish thought.

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Historian Michael Brenner (American/University of Munich) will discuss contemporary Jewish life in Germany on the occasion of the English-language publication of A History of Jews in Germany since 1945.

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David Toren, a retired New York attorney who was born in 1925 and escaped Germany on a Kindertransport to Sweden in 1939 will discuss how his family recovered a looted painting that had been in the possession of the infamous Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt.

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The mother-daughter team behind The German-Jewish Cookbook (Brandeis University Press, 2017) discuss their historical and gastronomic exploration of German-Jewish cuisine.

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