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Well Worth Saving: American Universities' Life -and-Death Decisions on Refugees from Nazi Germany with Michael Traison and Lunch @ 65 West

Thursday, June 24, 2021 14 Tammuz 5781

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM

The United States played a vital role in saving Europe’s intellectual elite from the Nazis. American universities welcomed Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Hannah Arendt, Herbert Marcuse, Rudolf Carnap, Richard Courant, and hundreds of other physicists, philosophers, mathematicians, chemists, historians, and linguists who transformed the American academy. Yet for every scholar who survived and thrived, many more did not. Those deemed too young, too old, too conservative, too liberal, or “too Jewish” were rejected and left to face the horrors of the Holocaust. Well Worth Saving—a finalist for the 2020 National Jewish Book Award—is a harrowing account of the profoundly consequential decisions American universities made about refugee scholars during the Nazi era.

Well Worth Saving – a finalist for the 2020 National Jewish Book Award – is a harrowing account of the of the profoundly consequential decisions American universities made about refugee scholars during the Nazi era.

Please join us as Lunch @ 65 West welcomes Laurel Leff, author of the award winning “Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper” for this Zoom based interview and audience Q & A.

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The Union League Club would want to send a special thank you to the co-sponsors of this program:

Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation - Chicago Loop Synagogue – Iowa Jewish Historical Society – Jewish Federation of Dutchess County – Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne – Jewish Federation of Peoria – Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities – Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford – Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut – Simon Wiesenthal Center – Standard Club – World Jewish Congress

 

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