Rebecca Erbelding, author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Effort to Save the Jews of Europe (2018), winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material (the JDC-Herbert Katzki Award). will present "Waging Rescue: Official US Efforts to Save Jews during the Holocaust." Rescue Board details the work of the War Refugee Board, a US government agency run by a group of Treasury Department lawyers (most of them in their 30s) which rescued Jews during the Holocaust. They begged, borrowed, bribed, laundered money, falsified documents, opened a refugee camp, and threw the weight of the United States government behind their plans, ultimately saving tens of thousands of lives.
This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the presentation.