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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:

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