Welcome to the LBI London

The Leo Baeck Institute London is devoted to the study of German-Jewish history and culture. The LBI is an independent charity and aims to preserve and research this history by organizing innovative research projects, Fellowship programmes, and public events. Through the lens of German-Jewish history, the Institute seeks to address some of the most topical and timely questions of our times.


Exhibition: Networks of Knowledge

The exhibition “Networks of Knowledge” puts the spotlight on the institute’s Library and Pamphlet collection and presents for the first time some highlights from this resource to the public.

The Leo Baeck Institute’s Library is a rich scholarly resource, with many books and pamphlets of distinguished provenance. A large part of the library was gifted to the Institute by its first director, Robert Weltsch (1891-1982). The majority of the Institute’s collection of political pamphlets from the interwar period stems from Weltsch‘s bequest. Another significant acquisition was made in 2012, when the LBI’s second director Arnold Paucker (1921-2016) gifted his private scholarly library to the Institute. Since its foundation, the LBI has comprehensively collected the scholarly literature relating to its field of research, the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.
In 2017, the LBI and QMUL Library Services forged a new strategic partnership. The LBI’s collection is now housed in the Mile End Library, providing easier access for scholars and students alike, who are invited to draw on this rich resource for their studies and research.

In four sections, the exhibition presents documents from the history of the LBI, documents concerning networks of Jewish émigré scholars in London and their exchanges with the continent, and collection strongpoints such as family memoirs and anti-Semitic propaganda.


Opening Night
22nd May 2019, 5 p.m.
Queens’ Building, Entrance Hall
Followed by a Wine Reception


29th April – 22nd December 2019

Mile End Library, Second Floor (please speak to the Library Welcome Desk staff to be granted access) & Queens’ Building, Entrance Hall
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS London


Organised jointly by:


Morgenländischer Glanz

Eine deutsche jüdische Literaturgeschichte (1750–1850)



We are delighted to announce that Morgenländischer Glanz. Eine deutsche jüdische Literaturgeschichte (1750–1850) by Kathrin Wittler has been published recently in the Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts.

How did Orientalism condition German Jewish writing and its reception? Kathrin Wittler reconstructs the role of literary aesthetics in the transformation of Jewish traditions between 1750 and 1850. Covering a wide array of authors from Moses Mendelssohn and Naphtali Herz Wessely to Heinrich Heine and Fanny Lewald, Kathrin Wittler investigates literary experiments with different languages and scriptural systems and with varying poetic forms and rhetorical styles. Jewish authors, the literary analysis shows, defined the realm of their poetic imagination through figures of mediation between East and West, infusing their European standpoint with the splendour of the Orient.

For further information or to buy this book, please refer to Mohr Siebeck by clicking on the link below.

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series London, 2018/19

Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams

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

This season’s topic 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?

For more information on the lecture series please refer to the leaflet here.

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


Prof Nathan Abrams

(Bangor University, UK)

Treyf Jews?: Jewish Gangsters in McMafia and Peaky Blinders

6.30pm, 4 April 2019

In this illustrated lecture, professor Nathan Abrams will explore recent British representations of Jews on television focussing on the role of the Jewish gangster in McMafia and Peaky Blinders in particular.

Nathan Abrams is Professor in Film at Bangor University of Wales where he directs the Film Studies programme and the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies. He is the author of Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual (2018) and Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film (2019) and co-founding editor of Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal. 


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).

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