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.


Mosse’s Europe

New Perspectives in the History of German Judaism, Fascism, and Sexuality

Berlin, 6 to 9 June 2019

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Professor George L. Mosse three generations of historians will gather to commemorate and analyze his ongoing influence in European, Jewish, and Gender history, as well as the continued resonance of the Mosse family legacy in Berlin.

Scholars from Germany, Israel, and the United States will meet in Mosse’s childhood city of Berlin to discuss the questions that continue to emerge from his research, including: How does gender as a category of analysis continue to modify our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe? What are the limits of liberalism? What role do racial stereotypes play in political culture before and after 1945? And how have historians expanded Mosse’s analysis of Nazi ideology to better understand the Holocaust and the history of twentieth-century Europe?

This conference takes place in cooperation between the George L. Mosse Program in History and the Deutsches Historisches Museum and is also co-sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute London.

For further information, please refer to the conference’s programme.
Registration is required until 4 June 2019.

Jews and Jewish Religion in Western Postwar Fiction Film

Göttingen, Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 May 2019

 International Conference in partnership with the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg August Universität Göttingen and  the  Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden (IGdJ).

The Post-war West often understands itself as an enlightened society. Yet religion, and Judaism more specifically, appear time and again in Western European films. This workshop discusses the presence of Judaism in Post-war fiction films. What is the role and the function of Judaism in Post-war films in Western Europe – after the Holocaust and given the fact that Jews are a minority? Are these films symptoms of wider currents of attitudes towards minorities and religion in Western Post-war societies? Do they reflect on specific national issues in the respective countries? How are these subjects, in post-1945 cinema, also an expression of memory politics and changing attitudes towards the state of Israel?

The workshop will focus on American, French, British, German and Israeli films, including  biographic films, family histories, and explorations of multi-faith immigrant societies. In a comparative perspective, we also aim to ask how these representations of Judaism differ from Israeli productions – for whom the minority/majority question presents itself rather differently.The international workshop explicitly takes the disciplinary perspective of film studies for reflecting on the visual and narrative representation of Judaism in Western Post-war film.

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


Exhibition: Networks of Knowledge

The exhibition “Networks of Knowledge” puts the spotlight on the institute’s Library and Pamphlet collection and presents for the first time some highlights from this resource to the public.

The Leo Baeck Institute’s Library is a rich scholarly resource, with many books and pamphlets of distinguished provenance. A large part of the library was gifted to the Institute by its first director, Robert Weltsch (1891-1982). The majority of the Institute’s collection of political pamphlets from the interwar period stems from Weltsch‘s bequest. Another significant acquisition was made in 2012, when the LBI’s second director Arnold Paucker (1921-2016) gifted his private scholarly library to the Institute. Since its foundation, the LBI has comprehensively collected the scholarly literature relating to its field of research, the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.
In 2017, the LBI and QMUL Library Services forged a new strategic partnership. The LBI’s collection is now housed in the Mile End Library, providing easier access for scholars and students alike, who are invited to draw on this rich resource for their studies and research.

In four sections, the exhibition presents documents from the history of the LBI, documents concerning networks of Jewish émigré scholars in London and their exchanges with the continent, and collection strongpoints such as family memoirs and anti-Semitic propaganda.


Opening Night
22nd May 2019, 5 p.m.
Queens’ Building, Entrance Hall
Followed by a Wine Reception


29th April – 22nd December 2019

Mile End Library, Second Floor (please speak to the Library Welcome Desk staff to be granted access) & Queens’ Building, Entrance Hall
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS London


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