“Jewish Voice from Germany” Makes American Debut at Leo Baeck Institute
Dr. Rafael Seligmann at the Leo Baeck Institute
The Executive Director of the Leo Baeck Institute, Carol Kahn Strauss welcomed on October 25 Dr. Rafael Seligmann who visited the Leo Baeck Institute in New York to introduce the “Jewish Voice from Germany”, his newly established quarterly English-language newspaper that covers topics from politics and economics to culture and religion. The publication has received widespread acclaim in Germany and abroad.
On the occasion of the first edition of this newspaper in January 2012, German Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle stated: “Reporting from Germany in English for Jewish communities in the USA, Canada, Israel and the UK, this publication shows the world the new blossoming of Jewish life in Germany and thereby builds an important bridge between Jewish communities on opposite shores of the Atlantic.”
The German Newspaper “DIE ZEIT” called the focus on Jewish life in Germany “one of the most manifold, most complex topics of all, abysmal and sad like no other. Yet it could be a topic that has a bright future ahead of it.” Correspondingly, “DIE WELT” applauded: “Jewish Germany has a new voice”.
During the event at the Center for Jewish History, Consul General Busso von Alvensleben stressed the importance of this new publication in light of the growing Jewish community in Germany, which is now the third largest in Europe – a fact that following the war no one believed possible. Rafael Seligmann highlighted that with this new publication he wanted to be a chronicler of his time with passion, patience and optimism.
Enlarge image Dr. Rafael Seligmann at the Leo Baeck Institute (© GKNY) Publisher Rafael Seligmann is the author of numerous novels that deal with the Jewish experience in post-war Germany as well as non-fiction books about German history and Israeli security policy. Since 1978, he has contributed commentaries to leading German magazines and newspapers including DER SPIEGEL, BILD, DIE WELT, and taz. Born in 1947 in Tel Aviv, he moved to Germany with his family at the age of 10.
The Leo Baeck Institute is a New York based research institute dealing with the history of German speaking Jewry. Having set up additional offices in London and Jerusalem, the institute contains the most significant collection of historic source material on this topic.