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

with 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.

Using outtakes from Claude Lanzmann’s interviews with Bergson for Shoah, and rare wartime footage, the documentary-maker Pierre Sauvage has produced a powerful and timely film on Bergson’s rescue efforts. A panel of former Jewish Chronicle editor Ned Temko, journalist, author and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland, and by the distinguished historian Laurel Leff, Associate Professor of Journalism and Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University, and the author of Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper. Bergson’s legacy - his relentless determination to follow a moral imperative - will be the springboard for discussion of historical choices, and of contemporary resonances in our response to rising antisemitism and xenophobia today.

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.


 

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