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Followed by discussion with Dr Cathy Gelbin, Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Manchester, and Dr Bobby Garson, Fellow of American Studies at Keele University.

+ Short Film: Gloomy Sabbath

Attending this event

Dr Cathy Gelbin

Dr Cathy Gelbin (MA, PhD Cornell University) is Senior Lecturer in German Studies at Manchester University. She specializes in German-Jewish culture, Holocaust Studies, gender and film. She is co-editor of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book for the Study of German-Jewish History and Culture (Oxford Journals) and serves, among other functions, on the Board of Directors and Trustees of the Leo Baeck Institute London. Book publications include The Golem Returns: From German Romantic Literature to Global Jewish Culture (2011) and Jewish Culture in the Age of Globalization (2014, co-ed. with Sander L. Gilman). Her new monograph Cosmopolitanism and the Jews (with Sander L. Gilman) is forthcoming in 2017.

Cathy was raised in a German-American-Jewish family in Berlin. She is a member of the Jewish Community, the official body of Berlin’s Jewish congregations, and has been living and working in the UK as an academic for 18 years.

Amit Epstein

Amit Epstein studied theater at the “Thelma Yellin High School for Dance, Theater and Performance”, and also at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he was granted the Bezal’el Prize for Excellence in 2001 & 2002 and the Meisler Prize for design 2002.

Since 2007, Amit has worked as a costume designer, dramaturge & author for dance, opera and theater productions in Europe and Israel.

As a director, Amit has made video-art-films which were shown in several film festivals, such as international short film festival Hamburg, interfilm International Short Film Festival, Berlin, and the Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam.

Dr. Robert Garson

BOBBY GARSON obtained his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Sussex and his doctorate from the London School of Economics. He went on to lecture in American History at Goethe University, Frankfurt and Keele University where he held the position of Director of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies.

Notable publications include: The Democratic Party and the Politics of Sectionalism (1974), The Uncertain Power:  A Political History of the US since 1929 (1991), The United States and China since 1949: A Troubled Affair (1996).

Films screening at this event

Germans and Jews

Janina Quint
76 min

“Don’t expect simple answers in “Germans & Jews.” Just prepare for formidable questions. Those are the real reasons to see this incisive documentary.” – The New York Times

There are more than 200,000 Jews living in Germany today, including thousands of young Israelis. How has Germany progressed from the Nazis’ aim to obliterate Jewish life forever to being the country with the fastest growing Jewish community in Europe? Can Germans today accept Jews as merely fellow citizens rather than the children or grandchildren of victims? And why is philosemitism just as dangerous as antisemitism? Bringing together Germans and Jews, this fascinating documentary explores the dramatic changes in German-Jewish relationships since liberation day in 1945.


Gloomy Sabbath (Short)

Amit Epstein
15 min

Selling a valuable painting to raise money for their son’s new Berlin flat, Christian’s parents unleash a dark family secret about its origins.