Emigre Musicians and Composers in LBI Collections

As LBI presented the 2010 Leo Baeck Medal to Maestro Kurt Masur, who left such an enduring imprint on cultural and political life in both Leipzig and New York, it was fitting to shine a light on the generation of German and Austrian musicians before him that blazed a parallel trail across the Atlantic and transformed musical culture in America.

Exhibition: The Art of the Book, Illustration and Design

This exhibition features a number of recently acquired books designed by George Salter, who revolutionized the art of book design over a career that spanned decades in Berlin and New York, lending iconic images to works by Kafka, Mann, and Faulkner. It also showcases a wide and diverse range of other books from the LBI collections.

Paving the Way for All Women – Exhibit Traces Paths of Jewish Women in Germany

The second installment in a collaboration with the German Ambassador in Washington, DC, this exhibit showcases the everyday lives and extraordinary accomplishments of Jewish women in Germany. It combines portraits of luminaries like the brilliant salonnière Rahel Varnhagen with seemingly profane objects like a “Jewish Cookbook” from the turn of the 20th century.

Exhibit: Goldscheider – A World Brand from Vienna: Commerce and Art in an Age of Transformation

This exhibit features decorative ceramics by the legendary Goldscheider Manufactory focusing on the beauty of the 1920’s Art Deco Woman. The objects are presented within the post-1848 historical context of Vienna, a time marked by the decline of the Habsburg monarchy and profound innovations in the arts, the sciences, industry and commerce.

Exhibition – Publishing in Exile: German-Language Literature in the U.S. in the 1940s

Authors who fled Germany and France following the rise of National Socialism often found themselves stranded abroad without publishers, writing in a language foreign to their host countries. The exhibit “Publishing in Exile” brings together for the first time literary works published by these German-speaking exile publishers in the United States during the Third Reich.

Exhibit: Fighting for the Fatherland: The Patriotism of Jews in World War I

World War I changed what was thinkable about human brutality and opened a door for the destruction of European Jewry only two decades later. At the beginning of the First World War, however, German and Austrian Jews were among the first to show their patriotism. Their initial patriotic fervor was put to a severe test as anti-Semitic incidents in the army accelerated.

Hermann Struck Artistic Wanderer from Berlin to Haifa

Hermann Struck was known for his portraits of prominent Europeans as well as for landscapes and observations of his experiences in WWI. An early Zionist, Struck was among the first German Zionists to move to Palestine in 1923, settling in Haifa. This exhibit presents Struck’s work in the context of the emerging modern art movements in Germany and Palestine.

Hanns Wolters: Émigré Impressario Berlin/Palestine/New York

With a career that went from “discovering” Marlene Dietrich to representing young American actors Sylvester Stallone and F. Murray Abraham, Hanns Wolters was a theatrical agent and impressario who fled the Nazis, emigrated to Palestine, and ultimately arrived in New York – using his great dramatic flair to improvise productions all along the way.

From Hekdesh to Hightech: 250 Years of the Jewish Hospital Berlin

The history of the Jewish Hospital Berlin is remarkable in that it was that it was the only Jewish organization in Germany that was permitted to operate throughout the Nazi years. The documents, photos, and objects on display document 250 years of social and medical history, from the times of Moses Mendelssohn to the 20th century.

“Auktion 392” – Reclaiming the Galerie Stern

In September 1937, the Düsseldorf gallerist Max Stern 1937 was ordred by the Nazi government to auction off the inventory of his Gallerie Stern. That November, Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne, sold the inventory of the Galerie Stern. The paintings went on the block by their lot number, “Auktion 392,” and the search for many of the lost treasures continues today.