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Ludwig Haas – A Left-liberal Campaigner for Peace and Democracy

Symposium with Evening Lecture by Gerhart Baum on "Perspectives of Left-wing Liberalism Today" (audio recording available, in German)

The minister for Baden and member of the Reichstag for the German Democratic Party (DDP) Ludwig Haas (1875-1930) is one of a small minority of Jewish-German politicians who were vehemently committed to a democratic and liberal Germany. Due to his active confession to Judaism, he was subjected to increasing antisemitic hostility during the turbulent times of the Weimar Republic. Even a staunch defender of the Republic, Haas – part of whose estate came to the Jewish Museum Berlin in 2015 – advised his son to emigrate before the political rise of the Nazis: "Go as far away from home as you can!"

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green

Where

Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Organized by the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Archive of Liberalism at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and the Commission for the History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties.

Conference program

Talks

2 pm Aubrey Pomerance (Berlin): Welcome and Introduction
2.15 pm Torsten Riotte (Frankfurt/Main): The "Peace Conference," Bern, 1913
3 pm Volker Stalmann (Berlin): Ludwig Haas as a Parliamentarian
3.45 pm Coffee break
4.15 pm Andreas Schulz (Berlin): A "German Jew" in the Weimar Republic
5 pm Martin Schumacher (Bonn): The Emigration of Left-liberal Politicians after 1933
5.45 pm Ewald Grothe (Wuppertal/Gummersbach): Left Liberalism in Weimar Germany

Evening lecture

7 pm Gerhart Baum (Berlin/Cologne): Perspectives of Left Liberalism today

Black and white portrait of Ludwig Haas

Ludwig Haas; Haas Family

Audio recording of the symposium Ludwig Haas – A Left-liberal Campaigner for Peace and Democracy, Part 1 with lectures by Aubrey Pomerance, Torsten Riotte, and Volker Stalmann on 9 June 2016 (in German).
Jewish Museum Berlin 2016

Audio recording of the symposium Ludwig Haas – A Left-liberal Campaigner for Peace and Democracy, Part 2 with lectures by Andreas Schulz, Martin Schumacher, and Ewald Grothe on 9 June 2016 (in German).
Jewish Museum Berlin 2016

Audio recording of the symposium Ludwig Haas – A Left-liberal Campaigner for Peace and Democracy, Part 3 with the evening lecture by Gerhart Baum on 9 June 2016 (in German).
Jewish Museum Berlin 2016

Where, when, what?

  • When 9 June 2016, 2–8 pm
  • Where Old Building, level 2, Great Hall

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    free

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