November 2017 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5778,  Volume 23, Issue 11

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Laura B. Rosenzweig

Kristallnacht Commemoration at Westchester Jewish Center

In April 1939, Warner Brothers studios released the first Hollywood film to confront the Nazi threat in the United States. Confessions of a Nazi Spy, told the story of German agents in New York City working to overthrow the U.S. government. The film alerted Americans to the dangers of Nazism at home and encouraged them to defend against it.

 

Published almost eighty years later, Hollywood’s Spies by Laura B. Rosenzweig, tells the remarkable story of the first American Jewish resistance organization to Nazism groups operating in Los Angeles, and the role that Jewish Hollywood played in combating the rising Nazi threat.

 

Rosenzweig has written a mesmerizing narrative illuminating the unknown role that Jewish-Americans played in battling insurgent Nazism in the United States in the decade before World War II. Drawing on more than 15,000 pages of archival documents Laura has uncovered a story that has remained hidden for 80 years.

 

At 7:30 pm on November 9, Westchester Jewish Center’s Holocaust Learning Center, chaired by Dan Berkowitz, will start the commemoration with a solemn ceremony. Then they will welcome author Laura Rosenzweig, who will speak about her book and commemorates November 9th, 1938, the night that a deliberate, coordinated and massive attack on Jews throughout Germany began. While these assaults lasted well into the next day, November 9th has become known as Kristallnacht or “The Night of Broken Glass,” and a harbinger for what would befall the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis.

 

Westchester Jewish Center is located at Palmer and Rockland Avenues in Mamaroneck. To attend, RSVP to adminasst@wjcenter.org