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UK Premiere: Not Idly By - Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust​

with Pierre Sauvage, Ned Temko, Jonathan Freedland and Laurel Leff

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In the early 1940s, Peter Bergson, abandoned his role as Irgun organizer in the US on reading the first accounts of the Nazis’ mass murder of Jews. He launched a campaign to pressure the Roosevelt Administration to save the Jews, only to find himself attacked by the organized American Jewish leadership, who argued that such “special pleading” risked stoking anti-Semitism.

Filmmaker Pierre Sauvage has produced a powerful account of Bergson’s recuse efforts and will be part of the panel and audience discussion for this first UK showing of the film. He will be joined by former Jewish Chronicle editor Ned Temko and award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland.

Laurel Leff is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University. She was formerly a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Miami Herald and an editor with American Lawyer Media Inc. and The Hartford Courant. She teaches undergraduate courses in news writing, media law, magazine writing and legal reporting, and graduate courses in reporting, nonfiction writing and the First Amendment. Leff is also the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University, and the associate director of Northeastern’s Jewish Studies Program in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Her book, Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. Buried by The Times was selected as the best media history book by the American Journalism Historians Association and the best history book by ForeWard Magazine. Professor

 

 

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