Call for Manuscripts – New Book Series “German Jewish Cultures”

The Leo Baeck Institute London is very happy to announce the launch of its German Jewish Cultures book series in collaboration with Indiana University Press. 

The editors invite manuscripts for monographs dealing with topics of Jewish history and culture in and beyond the German-speaking world. Please refer to the flyer for more detailed information regarding submissions and submission guidelines.

 Please feel free to get in touch should you require any further information. For contact details please see flyer.

Doctoral Network in Jewish History: Basel, Manchester and QMUL

You can download the flyer here.


New Bursaries for the LBI MA for the Academic Year 2015/16 now available!

For further information, please visit our LBI MA in European Jewish History page

“Weltbühne Zürich: Kurt Hirschfeld (1902 – 1964) und das deutschsprachige Theater im Schweizer Exil”

Exile in the Spotlight—LBI Conference on Émigré Theatre Giant Kurt Hirschfeld

An International Conference

The LBI London and the LBI New York present an international conference on the life and legacy of Kurt Hirschfeld, the Dramaturg and director most closely associated with the emergence of the Schauspielhaus as the home of German theatre in exile. The conference under the patronage of the City of Zurich and hosted by the Schauspielhaus Zürich, brings together scholars and representatives of the contemporary theatre world and also features a dramatic reading of letters selected from Hirschfeld’s archival collection, which is preserved at the archives of the LBI New York.

8-9 March 2015

Schauspielhaus Zürich, Zurich Switzerland


You can download the flyer here

For more information and bookings please go to our conference homepage:http://hirschfeld-zuerich-2015.org/


A portrait of Kurt Hirschfeld, c.1930.

Leo Baeck Institute London Medal of Recognition awarded to Professor Peter G.J. Pulzer at the Austrian Embassy in London

On 22 January 2015, Peter G.J. Pulzer was awarded the Leo Baeck Institute London Medal of Recognition in acknowledgement of his academic lifetime achievement as an internationally renowned political historian. The festive ceremony and reception was hosted by the newly arrived Austrian Ambassador Martin Eichtinger at the Austrian Embassy in London.

Peter G.J. Pulzer, a Jewish Austrian, born in Vienna, was forced to leave Austria in 1939. He is a distinguished professor of political history who lectured at Oxford University and who was Gladstone Professor of Government and Administration, Fellow of All Souls College and Chairman of the LBI London. Professor Pulzer received several awards and decorations by the Republic of Austria, the City of Vienna and the University of Innsbruck, among others, for his publications which are highly recognized worldwide. The main focus of Peter Pulzer’s works lies on anti-Semitism in Europe.

Guest speaker, Dame Stephanie Shirley, came to the United Kingdom as a child refugee in a 1939 “Kindertransport” and succeeded in becoming a pioneer woman entrepreneur in the high-tech sector. Her charitable Shirley Foundation is one of the top 50 grant-giving foundations in the UK.

The laudatio was held by Professor Sander Gilman, Chairman of the Board, Leo Baeck Institute London.



Dame Stephanie Shirley and Professor Peter G.J. Pulzer

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Professor Raphael Gross, Dr Daniel Wildmann, Professor Sander Gilman, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Professor Peter G.J. Pulzer, Mag Kathrin Eichtinger, the Ambassador of Austria to the UK Dr Martin Eichtinger

 Photographs by Sebastian Popov


Previous recipients of the medal were Dr Josef Ackermann and Dr Heinz-Horst Deichmann.