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Leo Baeck Institute London Lecture Series 2008-09

The lecture series is organised by the LBI London and the Jewish Museum Frankfurt/Main in cooperation with the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at Sussex University. 

We would like to thank our sponsor, Bank Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. (Switzerland) for their generous support.

You can download the leaflet here. 

 

How does one write a history of Germany in the Second World War? In this lecture, Richard J. Evans discusses why he came to the project, how he has approached the subject, and what his principal arguments are. "The Third Reich at War" traces the mobilization of an entire "people's community" in the service of a war of conquest, racial subjugation and genocide. Blending narrative, description and analysis, "The Third Reich at War" creates a picture of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking a large part of Europe with it. Depicting and explaining how this society…

In this lecture, Professor Heschel will present some archival material she uncovered that discloses the existence of an antisemitic propaganda institute, financed by the Protestant church, from 1939 to 1945. She will describe its activities, membership, and publications, and will trace the postwar careers of some of its more renowned professors of theology, who maintained careers of importance after the war and helped shape the course of theology, particularly New Testament scholarship, in West and East Germany. The purpose of the lecture is not only to delineate a little-known aspect of…

In her lecture, Professor Schüler-Springorum will present the findings of her forthcoming book on the history of the Condor Legion, the National Socialist elite force which contributed significantly to Franco's victory in 1939. Based on rich archival and autobiographical material, she will focus on the day-to-day history of the war, as experienced by the pilots themselves. By examinig their expectations, perceptions and ways of remembering, she presents insights into the minds of this generation of young German men, who enthusiastically followed Hitler into World War II and who later on…

With Israel, a nation renewed itself from the ashes of Holocaust in Europe and from uprooted Jewish communities. Zionism was not a revolt against this or that system but an uprising against the fate that has characterized Jewish history until now. Today, the memory of rural pioneers and the new Hebrews during the Jischuv years might enjoy local appreciation. New structures, big cities, and a digital pulse from the Internet, marked by a molecularization of concerns and processes, now determine the trends between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. We learn about different jewish “tribes” in an Israeli…

Toleration, liberty of conscience and freedom of religion belonged to the key and most controversial values of the Dutch Golden Age. Dutch debates on these values go back to the Dutch Revolt, the fight for independence against Philip II and his government in the second half of the 16th century. Initially the focus was on how different Christian groups and communities, including most notably Calvinists, Catholics and Mennonites should live and tolerate each other. The settlement of Jewish refugees in the beginning of the seventeenth century added a new dimension. The central aim of the…

Prof. Atina Grossmann
Cooper Union, New York