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Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2018/19

The LBI is pleased to announce our upcoming 2018/19 lecture series in collaboration with the German Historical Institute. This season’s topic is ‘Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams’, which will explore the agency of Jews within the networks shaping visual culture. Spanning from the middle ages to the present, and across a range of different media, it will focus on the point of intersection of Art by Jews with Art about Jews and the complex interplay of Jewish reactions to their depiction in Western art and Gentile attitudes towards Jewish visual culture. How do Jews respond and attempt to re-shape their images, stereotyped by the majority societies surrounding them? How does Jewish material culture them? How does Jewish material culture influence Western visual culture, and how were Jews entangled with the art world?

This season’s speakers will be:

 

Thursday, 1st November 2018, 6.30pm

Prof Katrin Kogman-Appel – A Jewish Look at World Politics: The Catalan Mappamundi (1375)

 

Thursday, 6th December 2018, 6.30pm

Dr Ruth Oren – ‘Coming back to History’ –The Jewish Image in Landscape Photographs of ‘Eretz-Israel’, 1898-1961

 

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 6.30pm

Cilly Kugelmann – Jewish Museums between Self-Assertion and Self-Defence

 

Thursday, 14th February 2019, 6.30pm

Prof Richard I. Cohen –  Moses Mendelssohn – The German-Jewish Icon of Modernity (1780s-2019)

 

Thursday, 4th April 2019, 6.30pm

Prof Nathan Abrams –  Treyf Jews?: Jewish Gangsters in McMafia and Peaky Blinders

 

 

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

 

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

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2017–18

In conversation: Philippe Sands and Katrin Himmler

6.30pm, 17 May 2018

 

Due to unprecedented interest, and limited space at the GHIL, this event is now fully booked. We apologise if you have been unable to book a place, and hope to welcome you at future events.

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 final lecture in the series:

 

In conversation: Philippe Sands and Katrin Himmler

6.30pm, 17 May 2018

 

Prof. Philippe Sands, QC

University College London, UK

East West Street: A Personal History of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

In his short lecture and subsequent conversation with Katrin Himmler, Philippe Sands explores how personal lives and history are interwoven. Drawing from his prize-winning book East West Street – part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller – he connect his work on ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’, the events that overwhelmed his family during the Second World War, and an untold story at the heart of the Nuremberg Trial that pits lawyers Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht against Hans Frank, defendant number 7 and Adolf Hitler’s former lawyer.

Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a barrister and arbitrator at Matrix Chambers. He is the author of several academic books on international law, and contributes to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian.

His multiple prize winning latest book East West Street: On the Origins of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide is accompanied by a BBC Storyville film, My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did

 

 

Katrin Himmler

Author

Writing about the Himmler Family – Challenges and Chances 

Katrin Himmler’s short lecture and subsequent conversation with Philippe Sands examines the difficulties of combining scientific interests with personal concerns when writing about her own Nazi family, while also looking at the advantages of such a challenging task. In creating a connection between official history and familial narratives about the past – two entities which to this day have remained largely disconnected – her undertaking aims to lead to a deeper understanding of social, historical and familial backgrounds, in the hope that a public discussion of this specific German family may encourage others to see their own families in a new context.

Katrin Himmler is a German author and political scientist. Her great-uncle was Heinrich Himmler, head of Hitler’s SS. She has confronted her family legacy
with the book The Himmler Brothers.
A German Family History (2007/orig. 2005). She has also edited, together with the historian Dr Michael Wildt, Letters of a Mass Murderer. The Private Heinrich Himmler (2016/orig. 2014).

 

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