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Jewish Federation Community-wide Joint Society Event with Rebec­ca Erbelding

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Congregation Ohav Shalom
113 New Krumkill Road
Albany, NY

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The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

FEATURING author of RESCUE BOARD, Rebecca Erbelding

In this remarkable work of historical reclamation, Holocaust historian Rebecca Erbelding pieces together years of research and newly uncovered archival materials to tell the dramatic story of America’s little-known efforts to save the Jews of Europe.

“Erbelding writes vividly of intrigue and espionage, secret negotiations, money laundering, ransoming of victims, and rescue ships . . . [Her] history is an important contribution to understanding America’s humanitarian efforts during and after WWII and a timely perspective.” – Booklist

Light Dinner & Dessert Reception
$25 per person paid in advance
$36 per person at the door

Please register below by Friday, January 31

You may also mail in a check or call (518) 783-7800 to register.

Rebec­ca Erbelding’s first book, Res­cue Board: The Untold Sto­ry of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe, won the JDC-Her­bert Katz­ki Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award. She is a his­to­ri­an, cura­tor, and archivist at the US Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al Muse­um. Her work has been fea­tured in the New York Times, The Wash­ing­ton Post, The New York­er, and on The His­to­ry Chan­nel andNation­al Geo­graph­ic.


Amer­i­ca has long been crit­i­cized for refus­ing to give har­bor to the Jews dur­ing World War IIas Hitler and the Nazis closed in. RES­CUE BOARD tells the extra­or­di­nary unknown sto­ry of the War Refugee Board, FDR’s unpub­li­cized effort late in the war to save the remain­ing Jews.

In Jan­u­ary 1944, a young Trea­sury lawyer named John Pehle went to a meet­ing with the pres­i­dent to argue for the relief funds need­ed to help Jews escape Nazi ter­ri­to­ry. Pehle pre­vailed, and with­in days, FDR cre­at­ed the War Refugee Board, empow­er­ing it to res­cue the vic­tims of Nazi per­se­cu­tion, and put Pehle in charge.

Over the next twen­ty months, Pehle pulled togeth­er D.C. pen­cil push­ers, inter­na­tion­al relief work­ers, smug­glers, diplo­mats, mil­lion­aires, and rab­ble-rousers to run oper­a­tions across four con­ti­nents and a dozen coun­tries. They tricked Nazis, forged iden­ti­ty papers, maneu­vered food and med­i­cine into con­cen­tra­tion camps, recruit­ed spies, leaked news sto­ries, laun­dered mon­ey, nego­ti­at­ed ran­soms, and fun­neled mil­lions of dol­lars into Europe. Alto­geth­er, the War Refugee Board saved tens of thou­sands of lives.

Sponsored by the Brandeis Baruch, Chaim Weizmann, and Maimonides societies.

Society members are recognized in Federation’s honor roll booklet.

You will have the opportunity to privately make a gift to support your Jewish community.

This event is generously sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
General RSVP for Rebecca Erbelding on February 9 $25.00
Pacesetter Division RSVP for Rebecca Erbelding on February 9 $0.00

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