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L.I.F.E. Lecture – Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

L.I.F.E. Lecture – Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

Date: Sunday, November 03, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Social Event, Speaker
  • Audience: Adults
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Not Required
  • Topic: Arts & Culture, Holocaust, Jewish Heritage, Just for Fun, Speaker

with Dr. Rebecca Erbelding

For more than a decade, a harsh immigration policy kept most Jewish refugees out of America, even as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the War Refugee Board, and put a young Treasury lawyer, John Pehle, in charge. In this remarkable work of historical reclamation, Rebecca Erbelding pieces together years of research and archival materials to tell the story of America’s little-known efforts to save the Jews of Europe.

DR. REBECCA ERBELDING is an historian, curator, and archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and served as the lead historian on the Museum’s special exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust, on display 2018–2021. Her first book, Rescue Board:  The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe,  won the National Jewish Book Award, and has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, the New Yorker, and on the History Channel and the National Geographic.

Rescue Board details the War Refugee Board, a U.S. government agency, run by a young group of Department of Treasury lawyers. They begged, borrowed, bribed, laundered money, falsified documents, opened a refugee camp, and threw the weight of the U.S. government behind their plans, ultimately saving tens of thousands of lives.

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