27 2016

Georgia, Justice and Jews: the Leo Frank Case

11:30AM - 1:00PM  

Temple Anshe Amunim 26 Broad Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-442-5910 templeoffice@ansheamunim.org

Contact Keren Weiner

$ Cost $ 10.00

Atlanta, 1913. Thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan is found murdered in the basement of the National Pencil Company, where she had been employed. Suspicion falls on factory superintendent Leo Frank----the boss man, a Yankee, a Jew. In the heat of a Georgia summer, a spectacular trial unfolds, attracting the notice of the entire country. A determined crowd gathers daily outside the courtroom. The newspapers take sides, stirring emotions. Pressure is brought to bear. The careers of several prominent politicians, not to mention the life of the defendant, hang in the balance.
Guilty or not guilty?
The Leo Frank case inspired the Anti-Defamation League, helped rejuvenate the Ku Klux Klan, and continues to incite violent disagreement to this very day. On July 27th, Temple Anshe Amunim will host a dramatic power-point presentation by playwright/attorney Jesse Waldinger. The account will be illustrated by photographs, diagrams, and readings from Mr. Waldinger’s play “The Knights of Mary Phagan.”
The two-hour program, part of Temple Anshe Amunim’s “Lunch and Learn” series, will begin at 11:30 a.m on July 27th. Guests are invited to bring their own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. Admission is $10.00.