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Leo Baeck Institute

Michael Brenner elected LBI President

Munich, 10/30/2013

Professor Michael Brenner, who holds the Chair of Jewish History and Culture at LMU, has been elected to the office of International President of the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI).

Professor Michael Brenner, who holds the Chair of Jewish History and Culture at LMU, has been elected International President of the Leo Baeck Institute. This is the first time since the establishment of the Institute in 1955 that the leadership of the foremost institution for the study of the legacy of German-speaking Jews has been entrusted to an academic who works in Germany and an individual born after the Shoah.

From 1998 until 2009 Brenner was Chairman of the Joint Working Group (Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft) of the LBI in Germany and International Vice-President of LBI. The current Vice-Presidents are Professors Shmuel Feiner (Jerusalem) and Professor David Rechter (Oxford).

With research centers in Jerusalem, London and New York, and a branch based at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Leo Baeck Institute is dedicated to the preservation and study of the cultural heritage of German-speaking Jewry. As the custodian of important library and archival holdings, the LBI possesses the most significant collection of primary source material on Jewish life in Central Europe since the Renaissance, and publishes the authoritative Year Book of the Leo Baeck Institute annually. The first International President of the Leo Baeck Institute was the former Berlin rabbi of the same name, who survived the Holocaust and died in 1956. The Institute was founded on the initiative of well-known representatives of the German-Jewish intelligentsia, including Martin Buber, Max Grunewald, Hannah Arendt and Robert Weltsch.

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