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Emotions and Experiences: Photography and Visual German-Jewish History, 1910-1950


Sunday 11 and Monday 12 November 2018

The workshop intends to analyse the roles of private German-Jewish photography between 1933 and 1945. By doing so, it will take a completely new perspective on Jewish reactions to the Nazi Regime. It will firstly use visual sources, and secondly focus on the subjective emotional responses of German Jews on political developments during this period. Especially private photographs, frequently collected and arranged in family albums, are a prime medium for documenting a domestic perspective of how individuals situate themselves and their emotions in larger political frameworks and family dynamics. On the pages of such photographic albums, family history and emotions are folded into narratives of dramatically changing German-Jewish life. While a special focus lies on reactions to National Socialism, the workshop also asks for continuities and ruptures in German Jewish private photography, spanning from 1910 to 1950. A particular emphasis will lie on the intermedial interplay that characterizes such albums: they are often composed as scrapbooks containing diary entries, poetry, newspaper clippings and other textual elements alongside the visual material, embedding family history directly in political and cultural currents of the time. In order to reflect on the specificity of photographic sources for this time period, we will discuss also classical German-Jewish egodocuments such as diaries and letters.
The workshop is co-organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Goettingen, and the AHRC project ‘Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism’ (University of Nottingham).

For more information on the workshop, please refer to the programme here.


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Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series London, 2018–19

Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams


A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season’s topic will explore the agency of Jews within the networks shaping visual culture. Spanning from the middle ages to the present, and across a range of different media, it will focus on the point of intersection of Art by Jews with Art about Jews and the complex interplay of Jewish reactions to their depiction in Western art and Gentile attitudes towards Jewish visual culture. How do Jews respond and attempt to re-shape their images, stereotyped by the majority societies surrounding them? How does Jewish material culture them? How does Jewish material culture influence Western visual culture, and how were Jews entangled with the art world?


For more information on the lecture series please refer to the leaflet here


Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has pleasure in inviting you to the first lecture in the series:



Prof Katrin Kogman-Appel

(University of Münster, Germany)

A Jewish Look on World Politics: The Catalan Mappamundi (1375)

6.30pm, 1 November 2018



The richly illustrated Catalan Mappamundi is among the most celebrated medieval maps surviving to this day. Commissioned by Peter IV of Aragon as a gift to Charles V of France it was put to parchment by Elisha Cresques, a Jewish scribe, illuminator, and cartographer in the City of Majorca. The talk explores how Elisha, from his delicate position as a Sefardi intellectual in the service of the Court coped with his patron’s agendas while, at the same time, voiced his own views of the politics of his time.


Katrin Kogman-Appel holds an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (2015–2020), which she assumed in Jewish Studies at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster. She has published work on medieval Jewish art and is particularly interested in Hebrew manuscript illumination and its cultural and social contexts. Publications include A Mahzor from Worms (2012). She recently completed a study on Elisha Cresques ben Abraham, a fourteenth-century Jewish scribe, illuminator, and map maker in Majorca.


Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.


Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email or phone 020 7882 5690).


Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68

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Baumgardt and Halbers Fellowship Applications (Leo Baeck Institute New York)

Our sister institute, the Leo Baeck Institute New York, has just announced two exciting funding opportunities for PhD students and academics working on a wide range of topics of German-Jewish history. Applications are due in November.

Please see:

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