Welcome to the LBI London

The Leo Baeck Institute London is devoted to the study of German-Jewish history and culture. The LBI is an independent charity and aims to preserve and research this history by organizing innovative research projects, Fellowship programmes, and public events. Through the lens of German-Jewish history, the Institute seeks to address some of the most topical and timely questions of our times.


Panel discussion – Images of the Grotesque and Arabesque: The Discovery of Kafka’s Drawings

The Leo Baeck Institute London and the German Historical Institute London have the pleasure of warmly inviting you to a discussion of the book Franz Kafka: The Drawings (Yale University Press, 2022) with the author and editor Prof Andreas Kilcher (ETH Zurich, CH) and Prof Nicholas Sawicki (Lehigh University, USA), chaired by Dr Daniel Wildmann (Leo Baeck Institute London, UK).


Images of the Grotesque and Arabesque: The Discovery of Kafka’s drawings

6.30pm UK time, June 16th 2022

Over 100 completely unknown drawings by Franz Kafka of fascinating figures, shifting from the realistic to the fantastic, the grotesque, the uncanny and the carnivalesque have been made accessible in Prof Andreas Kilcher’s highly acclaimed book Franz Kafka: The Drawings.

The drawings illuminate a previously unknown side of the quintessential modernist author. Three fascinating stories can be told about Kafka’s drawings: the story of their transmission, the story of Kafka as a draftsman, and the story of his drawing in relation to his writing. 


We are looking forward to welcoming you at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ or online via Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88690122832?pwd=bUl3N2RWTlViaGRpWnJveGdYSTJWdz09. If you have any difficulty joining us on the night, please contact volunteer@leobaeck.co.uk and a member of staff will be able to assist you.

Admission is free but places must be reserved in advance by contacting info@leobaeck.co.uk. Please also let us know how you wish to attend. 


LBI Film Club

Café Nagler (Mor Kaplansky, GER/IL, 2015)


Welcome to another screening at the LBI Film Club! Thanks to the enthusiastic response from so many film lovers among you, this online project is here to stay, and we hope that you will continue to enjoy our selection of interesting and thought-provoking films linked to the immensely diverse, rich and multi-faceted Jewish experience.


The LBI Film Club’s eighth offering is:

Café Nagler (GER/IL, 2015)

During the 1920s, Café Nagler was the hottest place in Berlin. Mor, the film’s director embarks on a journey to find out what’s left of her family’s legendary café.Her grandmother follows the filming with great anticipation. When Mordiscovers the true story behind the café, she is unable to break her grandmother’s heartand looks for a creative solution. Café Nagler is a film about memory, about our need for family myths, about our longing for a different past.


Please click here to view the full description and for step-by-step instructions on how to watch the film offering. 

Further LBI Film screenings will be announced via our LBI website, Facebook page (Leo Baeck Institute London)Instagram (@leobaeckinstitutelondon), and Twitter (@lbi_london) in the future. Please keep checking!

Online discussion of the book ‘In Hitler’s Munich: Jews, the Revolution, and the Rise of Nazism’

Please join us for an online discussion of the book

In Hitler’s Munich: Jews, the Revolution, and the Rise of Nazism

with the author, Prof Michael Brenner, and Prof Steve Aschheim.

6pm (UK time), May 18th 2022

The event, chaired by Dr Irene Aue-Ben-David (Director, Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem), is a collaboration between the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, the Leo Baeck Institute London and the Leo Baeck Institute New York. 

For further information on the event and to register please click https://bit.ly/3y1c3EZ.



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