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Christhard Hoffmann (Ed.)
Preserving the Legacy of German Jewry. A History of the Leo Baeck Institute, 1955-2005

Mohr Siebeck 2005

Founded in May 1955 in Jerusalem by German-Jewish intellectuals who had survived the Holocaust – among them Martin Buber, Ernst Simon, Gershom Scholem, and Robert Weltsch – the Leo Baeck Institute of Jews from Germany (LBI) has been engaged in preserving the legacy of German Jewry by collecting material, doing research, and presenting historical narratives. Published on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its founding, the present volume is the first to reconstruct the LBI’s fascinating history, from its beginnings as a memorial community of surviving German Jews to its present status as an internationally renowned research institute. The authors are social and cultural historians from various countries, the majority of whom are not directly affiliated with the LBI.


Foreword by Michael A. Meyer

Christhard Hoffmann

Christhard Hoffmann
The Founding of the Leo Baeck Institute, 1945-1955

Ruth Nattermann
Diversity within Unity: The Community of Founders

Guy Miron
From Memorial Community to Research Center: The Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem

Mitchell B. Hart
Here it is, to an Astounding Degree, Saved”: The Leo Baeck Institute in New York, 1956-2000

Nils Roemer
The Making of a New Discipline: The London LBI and the Writing of the German-Jewish Past

Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
The “German Question”: The Leo Baeck Institute in Germany

Aubrey Pomerance
Coordination, Confrontation and Cooperation: The International Board of the Leo Baeck Institute

Miriam Gebhardt
The Lost World of German Jewry: Collecting, Preserving and Reading Memories

Christhard Hoffmann
An International Forum for German-Jewish Studies: The Year Book of the Leo Baeck Institute

Christian Wiese
A Master Narrative? The Gesamtgeschichte of German Jewry in Historical Context

Till van Rahden
Treason, Fate or Blessing? Narratives of Assimiliation in the Historiography of German-Speaking Jewry since the 1950s

Jürgen Matthäus
Between Fragmented Memory and “Real History”: The LBI’s Perception of Jewish Self-Defense against Nazi Antisemitism, 1955-1970

Andreas Kilcher
The Grandeur and Collapse of the German-Jewish Symbiosis: Hans Tramer and Jewish Literary Studies at the Leo Baeck Institute

Robert Liberles
Looking Forward: A Global Research Community as the Cornerstone of the LBI Program

Publications of the Leo Baeck Institute, 1955-2004

Sources of Illustrations,

List of Contributors,

Index of Names