European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2017–18

The Difficulties of Writing Family History

 

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

 

This season’s topic intends to discuss the challenges which arise when writing a European-Jewish family history set in the historically and politically charged period of the late 19th to the mid-20th century. What scholarly problems does a writer encounter, what emotional difficulties does an author face – especially in terms of allowing the public access to one’s own personal history, and how can these challenges be dealt with?

Please refer for more information on the lecture series to the leaflet here.

 

Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has pleasure in inviting you to the second lecture in the series:

 

 

Thomas Harding

“You’re doing what?” – My family’s response to my trying to save the house stolen by the Nazis

6.30pm, 1 March 2018

 

 

In 2013, Thomas Harding visited his Jewish family’s old weekend house outside of Berlin. He found it shrouded in a jungle of bushes and trees, its windows broken, graffiti painted across its walls and that it was destined for demolition. When he told his family that he wanted to work with the locals to save the house they reacted with intense emotion, triggering a debate about memories, the value of history and the possibility of reconciliation.

 

Thomas Harding is an international bestselling author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Washington Post, Guardian and Der Spiegel, among other publications. His books include Hanns And Rudolf, Kadian Journal, The House By The Lake and Blood On The Page. Thomas Harding is president of www.alexanderhaus.org, an education and reconciliation charity near Berlin. On 24 June 2016, the day of Brexit, Thomas applied for the restoration of his German citizenship.

 

 

Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.

 

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

 

Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2017–18

The Difficulties of Writing Family History

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

This season’s topic intends to discuss the challenges which arise when writing a European-Jewish family history set in the historically and politically charged period of the late 19th to the mid-20th century. What scholarly problems does a writer encounter, what emotional difficulties does an author face – especially in terms of allowing the public access to one’s own personal history, and how can these challenges be dealt with?

Please refer for more information on the lecture series to the leaflet here.

 

First lecture in the series:

Prof Lisa Appignanesi (King’s College, London)

Losing the Dead – Before and After

6.30pm, 7th December 2017

Lisa Appignanesi teases out some of the hurdles she encountered researching her critically acclaimed family memoir, Losing the Dead. These extended post publication: memoir writing elicits the kinds of responses historical texts rarely do.

Please note: A short 15 minute film called: Ex Memoria, directed by Josh Appignanesi and starring Sarah Kestleman, will also be shown.

Lisa Appignanesi OBE is a writer and novelist. She is a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and Chair of this year’s Man Booker International Prize. Amongst her books are Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors and The Memory Man.

Ex Memoria (2006)

A film about memory, loss and survival; Eva Lipschitz is a survivor, but she is now locked away in the twilight world of Alzheimer’s disease. The film shows the world from Eva’s point of view, at her eye level, and how a chance encounter with a caring young nurse breaks through the barriers. Ex Memoria is directed by Josh Appignanesi and starring Sarah Kestleman.

 

Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2017/18

The LBI is pleased to announce our upcoming lecture series for 2017/18,  in collaboration with the German Historical Institute. This season’s topic is ‘The Dangers of Writing Family History’, in which we shall discuss the challenges which arise when writing a German Jewish family history set in the historically and politically charged period of the late 19th to mid 20th century.

This season’s speakers will be:

 

Thursday, 7th December 2017

Dr Lisa Appignanesi – Losing the Dead – Before and After

 

Thursday, 1st March 2018

Thomas Harding – ‘You’re doing what?’ – My family’s response to my trying to save the house stolen by the Nazis

 

Thursday, 8th March 2018

Prof. Atina Grossmann –  Trauma, Privilege, and Adventure in the “Orient”: A Refugee Family Archive

 

Thursday, 12th April

Dr Martin Doerry –  Lifting a taboo: The story of a holocaust victim which has never been told before.

 

Thursday, 17th May 2018

Prof. Philippe Sands (East West Street: A Personal History of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity) in conversation with Katrin Himmler (The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History)

 

We hope that you will mark the dates in your calendars. For more information on the this season’s lecture series please refer to the leaflet here.