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Today, on the centenary of Franz Kafka’s death, we at the Leo Baeck Institute London take a moment to reflect on the legacy of one of the most enigmatic and influential writers of the 20th century.  

The Library of Lost Books team has reached another milestone! We are proud to announce that the Czech version of the exhibition is now live!

We’re pleased to announce that the Leo Baeck Institute London has moved.

After many productive years at Queen Mary University of London, we’ve packed up our books and moved back to central London. We’re now located on Russell Square, close to our new partner Birkbeck, University of London, as well as Senate House where we host many of our lectures, and near our friends and colleagues at the German Historical Institute London and the Wiener Holocaust Library.

This relocation brings new opportunities for research, education and outreach and provides a fresh impetus to our popular existing programme of events.

Work resumes without interruption at our new premises and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Have you discovered the Leo Baeck Institute London’s Library? Our unique collection contains over 4,500 books, 30 metres of journals, and 2,400 pamphlets. This treasure trove encompasses works in German, Hebrew, Italian, and English, offering a multilingual exploration of German-Jewish heritage. 

Examples from the collection include a Mahzor dating back to 1784, providing insight into traditional liturgical practices, and a complete set of the Bücherei des Schocken Verlags book series from the 1930s, offering a glimpse into pre-war Jewish literature. 

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We are excited to announce that the Leo Baeck Institutes in Jerusalem and London celebrated the launch of their international collaboration on 28 November 2023 in a grand opening ceremony at the German National Library (Staatsbibliothek Unter den Linden) in Berlin. On this occasion, the innovative online exhibition and citizen science project Library of Lost Books (www.libraryoflostbooks.com) was released to the public in Germany.