Conception of Heimat in Jewish Visual History and Culture


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

The lecture series examines the German-Jewish and European-Jewish notion of Heimat and its diverse and changing visual representations and interpretations during the course of history. It looks at the subject through a prism of visual media, such as the arts, photography, film and fashion, as well as literature and social media, etc.

This season’s speakers will be: 


Thursday, 11th February 2021, 6.30 pm – Online event*

Hanno Loewy – Unrewarded Love: Alpine Clubs, Ski-Tourism, Folklore and the Jews  


Thursday, 18th March 2021, 6.30 pm – Online event*

Jan-Christopher Horak – Helmar Lerski between the Diaspora and a Jewish Homeland 


Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 6.30 pm – Online event*

Ofer Ashkenazi – Heimat as a Shelter from Nazism 


Thursday, 14th October 2021, 6.30 pm

Natasha Gordinsky – ‘Your Heimat is our Nightmare‘: Post-Soviet Poetic Interventions in German Culture  


Thursday, 11th November 2021, 6.30 pm

Sarah MacDougall – From Heartland to Homeland? – German-Jewish Émigré Artists in Britain, c. 1933-45   


Due to current restrictions the first three lectures of this series will be held online. Please check our website (www.leobaeck. closer to the date of the event for a Zoom link to participate in this talk or alternatively register with us at

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, thus enabling us to prepare for participant numbers and management. 

As soon as this will be possible again, 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. Admission is free. Lectures will begin promptly at 6.30pm. Latecomers may not be admitted.


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