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Well Worth Saving: American Universities' Life -and-Death Decisions on Refugees from Nazi Germany
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 Left, too Right, 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.

Please join us when Lunch@65West 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.

We want to extend a special thank you to our co-sponsors of this program:
American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists · Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation · Chicago Loop Synagogue · Iowa Jewish Historical Society · Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania · 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

Jun 24, 2021 11:50 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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