Preserving the Legacy of German Jewry
History of the Leo Baeck Institute 1955-2005

By Edited By Christhard Hoffman
September 2005
Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161485912
488 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$147.50 Hardcover

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.

Founding the Leo Baeck Institute (1945-1955).
From Memorial Community to Research Center in Jerusalem.
The Institute in New York, 1956-2000.
London LBI & the German-Jewish Past.
The Institute in Germany. The International Board.
Lost World of German Jewry.
German-Jewish Studies.
Narratives of Assimilation: German-Speaking Jewry Since the 1950s.
Defense Against Nazi Antisemitism 1955-1970.
Grandeur & Collapse of the German-Jewish Symbiosis.
A Global Research Community.
Publications of the Institute.
List of Contributors.
Index of Names.

Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts, No. 70

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