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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.


Tenth ‘Snapshot of German-Jewish History and Culture’

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Our tenth ‘Snapshot’ of German-Jewish History and Culture is now online. Please click here to view the full post: A Passionate Man of the Stage – Kurt Hirschfeld (1902-1964) and German Theatre in Exile.

Today, we would like to introduce you to an unsung hero and a most remarkable German-Jewish man of the theatre whose unique talent, passion and substantial network of artists, writers and intellectuals created an exceptional presence of German theatre in Swiss exile during the Nazi years and beyond. Working as the dramaturge and later director of the eminent Schauspielhaus Zürich, Hirschfeld also promoted a new generation of innovative writers such as Dürrenmatt and Frisch and premiered many German language translations of cutting-edge foreign plays on its stage.

This feature showcases some of the findings of the recent volume ‘Weltbühne Zürich. Kurt Hirschfeld und das deutschsprachige Theater im Schweizer Exil’ published in the LBI’s German language book series Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts (Mohr Siebeck Verlag, 2022) exploring Kurt Hirschfeld’s life and career. For more information, please click here.

The ‘Snapshots’, which attempt to give you an insight into interesting items from our London institute’s collection of rare books and historical pamphlets and documents, and which illustrate many facets of the history and culture of Europe’s German speaking Jewry, are also available on our social media outlets such as:

Instagram (@leobaeckinstitutelondon), our Facebook page (Leo Baeck Institute London) and Twitter (@lbi_london).

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. 




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