The Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin is a research library and archive focused on the history of German-speaking Jews. Its extensive library, archive, and art collections comprise one of the most significant repositories of primary source material and scholarship on the centuries of Jewish life in Central Europe before the Holocaust.
LBI is committed to preserving and expanding access to this rich body of material, and it has digitized millions of pages of documents, books, and artworks from its collections—from rare Renaissance-era books to the personal correspondence of luminaries and ordinary people alike.
Artwork and photographs depicting historic figures, such as Albert Einstein, Friedrich Nietzsche, Abraham Lincoln, Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl form a substantial part of the collection. LBI also promotes the study and understanding of German-Jewish history through its public programmes, exhibitions, and support for scholars.
The Leo Baeck Institute was founded in 1955 by leading German-Jewish émigré intellectuals including Martin Buber, Max Grunewald, Hannah Arendt and Robert Weltsch, who were determined to preserve the vibrant cultural heritage of German-speaking Jewry that was nearly destroyed in the Holocaust.
They named the Institute for Rabbi Leo Baeck, the last leader of Germany’s Jewish Community under the Nazi regime, and appointed him as the Institute’s first President, overseeing independent centres in New York, London, and Jerusalem.
LBI – New York is a founding partner of the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan and maintains an office in Berlin and a branch of its archives at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Discover the current collection of LBI images available through Bridgeman here. We are constantly updating our archive and additional images are still being added.
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