29 2019

America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

12:30PM - 1:45PM  

UConn Homer Babbidge Library 369 Fairfield Way
Storrs Campus
Storrs, Mansfield, CT CT 06269

Contact Pamela Weathers

"Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe" - Book presentation by Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum Historian Rebecca Erbelding

The program is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

About the Book: America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews during World War II as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. In her book Rescue Board, Rebecca Erbelding tells the extraordinary unknown story of the War Refugee Board, a US government effort late in the war to save the remaining Jews. In January 1944, a young Treasury Department lawyer named John Pehle went to a meeting with the president to argue for the relief funds needed to help Jews escape Nazi ter­ri­to­ry. Pehle prevailed, and within days, FDR created the War Refugee Board, empowering it to rescue the victims of Nazi persecution, and put Pehle in charge. Over the next twenty months, Pehle pulled together D.C. pencil pushers, international relief workers, smugglers, diplomats, millionaires, and rabble-rousers to run operations across four continents and a dozen countries. This is the story of how the War Refugee Board saved tens of thousands of lives.

About the Speaker: "Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews" of Europe won the JDC-Herbert Katzki National Jewish Book Award in 2018. Erbelding holds a PhD in American history from George Mason University. She worked as an archivist and curator at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum from 2003-2015, and since 2015, has been a historian for the Museum's newest exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust, which opened in April 2018. Her work has previously been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and on the History Channel and National Geographic.

If you require an accommodation, please contact Pamela Weathers at pamela.weathers@uconn.edu or 860-486-2271.

Sponsor: UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life