At the end of August Maria Hoffmann and Astrid Hornoff flew on behalf of our association, the city of Leipzig and the Israeli religious community of Leipzig to New York to do searches about former Jews from Leipzig at the Leo Baeck Institute.

The Leo Baeck Institute is the biggest collection of Jewish history documents from Europe, especially from Germany. After a kind negotiation Michael, an archivist at the institute, assisted them and helped them to find their way in this magnificent collection. More than one week they browsed through old newspapers, photographs, leaflets, documents of the Israeli religious community of Leipzig, personal letters and much more and were able to make photos and photocopies. After their jobs at the frozen institute (the air condition cooled the rooms down to 17°C although outside the temperatures were 30°C) were done they enjoyed the flair of New York on the streets and at open air events in the parks.