Past Events

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

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Jews are hounded by mobs and driven from Vienna in this 1924 expressionist film based on the satirical novel by Hugo Bettauer. The sensational film that anticipated the Holocaust and cost Bettauer his life was rediscovered in 2015. With commentary by film scholar Noah Isenberg (UT Austin) and a live score.

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As a professor of philosophy at Yale, a scholar of propaganda, and the child of World War II Jewish Refugees, Jason Stanley understands how democratic societies can be vulnerable to fascism. Stanley speaks with journalist Peter Beinart about the ten pillars of fascist politics, the recurring patterns he sees, and how his own family history influences his world view today.

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Join curator Ilona Moradof on a tour of Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, illuminating the organized rescue efforts that brought thousands of children from Nazi Europe to Great Britain in the late 1930s.

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Join director Melissa Hacker and NPR journalist Uri Berliner to watch and discuss the first documentary film to tell the heart-wrenching story of the Kindertransports. After the screening, Hacker and Berliner will talk about how the Kindertransport affected their own family histories.

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Join curator Ilona Moradof on a tour of Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, illuminating the organized rescue efforts that brought thousands of children from Nazi Europe to Great Britain in the late 1930s.

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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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What was it like to be a Jew in Nazi Germany? For those trapped in the Nazi terror regime, mere survival became a nightmare. Marion Kaplan discusses the experience of Expressionist painter Fritz Ascher with Rachel Stern, curator of a new exhibition on Ascher’s life.

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Michael S. Neiberg, author of The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction, discusses the watershed events of 1916-1919 and their connection to the Jewish people today.

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Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

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Celebrated composer Sam Adler reflects on a life building bridges with music – from his roots in Mannheim Germany to the US Army, Juilliard, and Eastman.

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A lurid tale of greed, sex, violence, and disgrace emerges from the contemporary sources cited by historian Yair Mintzker (Princeton) in his compelling new study of the trial of Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, but can those narrators be trusted?

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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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Our dinner is nearly fully subscribed, but a limited number of tickets are still available. Please call (212) 744-6400 ext. 4 to reserve. This year, LBI will present the Leo Baeck Medal for the first time to a couple who have used their positions and their expertise in diplomacy and journalism respectively to make lasting…

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