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“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.

Holiday Closure

Please note that the Leo Baeck Institute will be closed from December 22th 2014 until January 2nd 2015. We will reopen on January 5th 2015.
We wish everyone happy Holidays and a healthy start into the New Year.

‘To Remember and Never Forget’: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Hannah Lewis

We are happy to announce the upcoming public lecture

To Remember and never Forget’: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Hannah Lewis

Speaker: Hannah Lewis

Chair: Prof Wayne Morrison (School of Law, QMUL)

This event is organised by the Human Rights Collegium, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, in co-operation with the Leo Baeck Institute London and the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Thursday 4 December 2014, 6:30pm

Arts2 Lecture Theatre
Arts2 Building
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS 
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