Tag: Leo Baeck Institute

Panel: The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming

In a post-election essay for the New Yorker, the critic Alex Ross wrote that the “combination of economic inequality and pop-cultural frivolity” in current American life were precisely the fertile ground for an American catastrophe that the Jewish intellectuals of the Frankfurt School...

/ October 25, 2017

Panel: What if the Weimar Republic had Survived?

In 1925, the German-Jewish industrialist and former Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau emerged from self-imposed seclusion following a failed assassination attempt. Answering the call of the united center-left parties, he defeated Paul von Hindenburg to become president of the struggling Weimar...

/ October 24, 2017

Lecture: German-Jewish History in the 21st Century

Roger Cohen, a columnist for the New York Times since 2009, is one of the most incisive observers of global affairs today. Cohen’s deep knowledge of German and Jewish history—he was the Times’ Berlin bureau chief from 1998–2001—informs much of his wide-ranging commentary....

/ October 15, 2017

Our Crowd: German-Jewish Banking Families in America

Co-presented with the American Jewish Historical Society In 1967, Stephen Birmingham published his best-selling social history of New York’s elite German-Jewish banking families and posited a new, Jewish, American aristocracy. Historians Susie Pak (St. John’s) and Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia) join journalist Daniel Schulman (Mother Jones) to...

/ September 17, 2017