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Congratulations to Joseph Malherek

The Leo Baeck Institute London is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Essay Prize in German-Jewish Studies for his article Victor Gruen’s Retail Therapy: Exiled Jewish Communities and the Invention of the American Shopping Mall as a Post-War Ideal, featured in the 2016 Leo Baeck Institute Year Book.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Arnold Paucker. Dr Arnold Paucker, OBE, born in Berlin in 1921, was Director of the Leo Baeck Institute London from 1959 - 2001, and editor of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book from 1978 - 1992. His many years of dedicated service have profoundly shaped the Institute and its Year Book and he will be deeply missed.

This year’s Leo Baeck essay prize for recent PhDs in German-Jewish studies goes to Nick Block for his essay On Nathan Birnbaum’s Messianism and Translating the Jewish Other.

The article was published in the 2015 volume of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book

This year’s Leo Baeck essay prize for recent PhDs in German-Jewish studies goes to Susanne Hillman for her piece ‘ “A Few Human Beings Walking Hand in Hand” ’. Exposing Margarete Susman’s key role in the emerging Jewish-Christian dialogue in Zurich, the article examines the as yet unpublished correspondence of the prominent Weimar literary critic and philosopher with the former pastor and social activist Leonhard Ragaz, which sought to give meaning to Christian and Jewish destinies on the eve of the Shoah.


Verena Hutter’s ‘Identity Politics and the Jewish Body in Edgar Hilsenrath’s The Nazi and the Barber’ is this year’s winner of the Leo Baeck Essay Prize for young researchers in the field of German-Jewish Studies. Examining the role of physical transgression in Hilsenrath’s novel, Hutter argues that The Nazi and the Barber self-consciously conjures up a world in which lies, hatred, and violence are blissfully perpetuated.

The essay is featured in the 2013 Leo Baeck Institute Year Book.

The Leo Baeck Institute London is now part of the Research Network Gender in Anti-Semitism, Orientalism and Occidentalism. 

In the post 9/11 decade, debates on "Anti-Islamism" have raised new research questions concerning patterns of exclusion. As in historical anti-Semitism, gender and sexuality play a pivotal role in current debates on national identity. 

The network brings together leading interdisciplinary research centres in Jewish and anti-Semitism Studies, and scholars from the fields of Islam (Near Eastern) studies, postcolonial studies, gender, sexuality, literature, history and visual culture from Europe, the US and Israel.