Escape to Life - German Intellectuals in New York
GCRI hosted the opening of a three-day symposium on the impact of German intellectuals on the cultural and educational landscape of New York and the U.S.
Sponsored by a consortium of cultural and educational institutions, New York University (NYU) had organized a symposium that explores the impact of German-speaking authors, artists, and scientists on American life and culture.
In the 1930s and 1940s, the United States gave shelter to a large number of leading intellectuals in the German-speaking world, among them Albert Einstein (1921 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics), Max Horkheimer, Hannah Arendt, and Arnold Zweig.
At the conference, experts elaborated on the translation and consequent transformation of German intellectuals’ ideas and work which accompanied their immersion in American life and culture. During the opening on September 29, Sigrid Weigel from the Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL, Berlin) spoke about Hannah Arendt’s bilingual writing. Other topics on that day included: “From Königsberg to Little Rock: Childhood East and West (Hannah Arendt; Liliane Weissberg) and “Nature versus History, or the Lifeworld According to Karl Löwith” (Rodolphe Gasché). After the opening event, the symposium continued at Deutsches Haus at NYU through October 1.
The conference was accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by Fred Stein, best known for his portrait of Albert Einstein.