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Exile in the Spotlight: How Kurt Hirschfeld made Zurich into the World Stage for German Theater

The ensemble of refugee Jews and Marxists that Hirschfeld assembled at the Schauspielhaus Zurich—from the expressionist theater pioneer Gustav Hartung to the distinguished actress and original “Mother Courage” Therese Giehse—kept the best traditions of German theater alive during the Nazi years.

More than Just a Moment—Unlocking the Value of the LBI Photo Collection

LBI recently launched an initiative to improve access to historic photographs in order to keep pace with evolving standards.

Field Work Continues for LBI Archival Survey in Romania

LBI’s survey of archives related to German-speaking Jewish communities in Bukovina and Transylvania is now entering its fourth year of field work in Romanian archival repositories. Field archivist and researcher Julie Dawson is currently wrapping up several months of research in Bucharest.

A Conversation on Jewish Identity With Future Leaders of German Jewry

A group of 14 Jewish students from Germany will spend two days at the Leo Baeck Institute in late October. The college and graduate level students are supported by the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES), a scholarship program funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Just Passing Through, but Taking a Stand—Jewish Student Politics in Vienna, 1967–1975

Hermann Teifer The University of Vienna celebrates its 650th anniversary this year, and the city’s Jewish Museum is marking the occasion with an exhibition that explores the long and tumultuous relationship between Jews and the University. After the expulsion of the Jews from Vienna in 1421, the rubble of the old synagogue was used to…

Walter Nathan—Leaving a Legacy at Leo Baeck Institute

A commitment to the importance of history and family led Chicago businessman Walter Nathan to press for a memorial to Jews in his father’s native town in Germany and to include Leo Baeck Institute in his estate planning.

Family Matters—Fourth Generation of Bambergers Introduced to LBI

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.

Bures Praises Young Volunteers behind LBI’s Austrian Heritage Collection

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.

Leo Baeck Institute Featured at Deutscher Verein Dinner

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.

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

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.

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

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…