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!"
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.
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
7 pm Gerhart Baum (Berlin/Cologne): Perspectives of Left Liberalism today
9 June 2016, 2–8 pm