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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.

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Fifth ‘Snapshot’ of German-Jewish History and Culture

Our fifth ‘Snapshot’ of German-Jewish History and Culture is now online. Please click here to view the full post: Between Renaissance and Revolution: Shlomo Zemach’s “Das jüdische Dorf” (The Jewish Village), 1923.

Shlomo Zemach, ‘Das jüdische Dorf’ (The Jewish Village), 1932

This item showcases the famous booklet Das jüdische Dorf, an illustrated early socialist Zionst pamphlet advertising life in Mandate-Palestine to Jewish communities in Europe. This, at the time widely circulated, publication was the result of a collaboration of the author and agriculturalist Shlomo Zemach and the photographer Shmuel Yosef Schweig. It promoted a left-wing version of romantic Zionist ideals related to early 20th century agrarianism and labour and was based on a desire to build a better, modern socialist society in the ‘Promised Land’.

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 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:

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

Fourth ‘Snapshot’ of German-Jewish History and Culture

Our fourth ‘Snapshot’ of German-Jewish History and Culture is now online. Please click here to view the full post: Jakob Wassermann: About Success and the Illusion of Belonging – A German-Jewish Career.

Jakob Wassermann, 1905 (Image courtesy of Zeno.org)

This item presents one of the most popular German-Jewish writers of the early 20th century, Jakob Wassermann (1873-1934). Born the son of a shopkeeper in the German provincial town of Fürth, he became a highly successful author and part of a vibrant scene of leading literary and intellectual figures in the cultural centres of Munich and Vienna. However, the arrival of the Nazi regime in Germany saw an abrupt end to his career with his books banned and burned and the vast body of work largely forgotten today.

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 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:

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

LBI Film Club

The Cakemaker

‘The Cakemaker’ (2017)

In order to animate and lift the spirit during these uncertain times the Leo Baeck Institute London, in collaboration with the Institute for the History of the German Jews in Hamburg, is once more delighted to invite you to join our LBI Film Club. This online project offers interesting and thought-provoking fiction films linked to the German-Jewish and Israeli experience which we hope you will enjoy.  

 The LBI Film Club’s second offering is:  

 The Cakemaker (Israel/Germany, 2017)
האופה מברל  Der Kuchenmacher 

In his highly acclaimed film debut, film director Ofir Raul Graizer delicately explores the connection between desire and shared grief. When the Israeli businessman Oren dies in a car accident, German baker Thomas travels from Berlin to Jerusalem
in 
search of his lover’s widow and the life Oren left behind. As the
lines between longing and loneliness during Thomas’ time in Israel
blur, 
Graizer explores the challenges, which the triangular
relationship poses to family and faith. As food may be a way
cultures can bridge such divides, so too can it be a way to mark
separation.
  

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

Further LBI Film Club screenings will be announced via our LBI website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook in the future. Please keep checking! 

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