Popular Culture, Politics and Jews


A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season’s lecture series Popular Culture, Politics and Jews delves into the rich world of German-Jewish and European-Jewish popular culture, examining its diverse manifestations, forgotten origins, creative adaptations, mass appeal and political dimensions and motivations in history. It explores the topic by looking at a cross section of its expression in film, television, theatre, dance, music and literature.

This season’s speakers will be:


Thursday, 3rd February 2022, 6.30pm

Sonia Gollance – Dangerous Attractions: Mixed-Sex Dancing and Jewish Modernity


Thursday, 17th March 2022, 6.30pm

Hanno Loewy – Jukebox? Jewkbox!


Thursday, 5th May 2022, 6.30pm

Lisa Schoß – A Story of Ambivalences. Jewish Topics and Characters in East German Television


Thursday, 13th October 2022, 6.30pm

Moshe Zimmermann – Post-Holocaust German-Jewish Symbiosis: Ephraim Kishon and the Germans


Thursday, 17th November 2022, 6.30pm

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann – In Our Image: Meeting our Ultraorthodox Other on Netflix


Lectures will be held at: German Historical Institute* 17 Bloomsbury Square London WC1A 2NJ. Places at the GHI are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute London e: info@leobaeck.co.uk t: +44 (0) 20 7882 5690.Admission is free. Lectures will begin promptly at 6.30pm. Latecomers may not be admitted.

*Please note that lectures shall be held as Zoom events online should Covid-related restrictions be reintroduced. Kindly check our individual lecture announcements via email, social media and on our website (www.leobaeck.co.uk) closer to the date of each event for more information, Zoom links to participate in online talks and to register your booking.


Admission is free but we would appreciate if you could inform us in advance of your intention to attend by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London on info@leobaeck.co.uk, thus enabling us to prepare for participant numbers and management.

For more information on this season’s lecture series please refer to the leaflet here.