7 2014

Distinguished Speaker Series

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

Lawrence Family JCC 4126 Executive Drive
CA 90237
858-457-3030 ilenet@lfjcc.com

Contact Ilene Tatro

At the height of World War II, four lawyers in the U.S. Treasury Department discovered that the highly educated, patrician diplomats in the State Department had covered up reports of the Nazi extermination scheme -- and then blocked the rescue of 70,000 Romanian Jews forcibly marched into the Nazi-conquered Ukraine and left to die of starvation and disease. The Treasury lawyers charged the diplomats with being ''accomplices of Hitler.'' The outrage of the Treasury lawyers -- tough-minded New Dealers from Christian, middle-class backgrounds -- at the State Department's complicity in genocide precipitated a titanic intergovernmental battle. The stakes were nothing less than the fates of countless European Jews, the historical reputation of FDR, and the soul of America itself.