What does America’s response to the Holocaust have to do with the controversies we face today over white supremacy, immigration, fake news, threats to democracy and “America First”? Dr. Gorbach will discuss the life, work and current relevance of Ben Hecht, the legendary “Shakespeare of Hollywood,” a Chicago crime reporter and leading Hollywood screenwriter who played a critical role in history by shattering the American media silence about the Nazi’s Final Solution to the Jewish Question. Hecht’s calls to save “the soul of man” is the focus of his recently published biography, The Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist (Purdue University Press, 2019).
Julien Gorbach, PhD, Professor at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa
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This event is part of UH West Oahu's Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit.