American Jews and the past leadership of the U.S. Jewish community have come under fire in recent decades for failing to do all they could on behalf of European Jewry during the Holocaust. What could and should they have done? This topic is fraught with peril, as the luminaries on the US Jewish Commission on the Holocaust discovered to their dismay in the early 1980s. The Commission, headed by former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, broke up for a time in an internal clash over criticism of former Jewish leaders. Led by Hevreh member Stu Schweitzer will provide some background on the controversy and then pose questions for attendees to discuss. Stu is a docent at the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of SW Florida, and a has been a speaker at Hevreh on Holocaust issues in recent summers.
Sponsor: Hevreh of Southern Berkshire