JGSLA - June 20th Program:- "Rescued From the Reich" #poland
Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles
Program for Monday, June 20th at 7:00 P.M.
“Rescued >from the Reich”- Conspiracy and Morality Collide in WW II
Speaker: Bryan Mark Rigg, Ph.D
Location: Jewish Community Library, 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
Historian Bryan Mark Rigg has uncovered the true story of one of the most
extraordinary rescue missions of World War II. When Hitler invaded Warsaw in
the fall of 1939, hundreds of thousands of civilians, many of them Jewish,
were trapped in the besieged city. The Rebbe Joseph Schneersohn, the leader
of the ultra-orthodox Lubavitcher Jews, was among them. Working with
officials in the United States government, a group of American Jews
initiated what would ultimately become one of the strangest - and most
miraculous - sagas of World War II. Amid the fog of war, a small group of
dedicated German soldiers, lead by Ernest Bloch, a decorated career soldier
and brilliant spy whose service to the German military earned him Aryan
status, despite his Jewish father, located the Rebbe and protected him >from
suspicious Nazis as they fled the city together through occupied Poland and
Nazi Germany to Latvia, Sweden…and on to America. "Rescued >from the Reich:
How One of Hitler’s Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe," is a
heart-stopping account of the complexity of history, of human identity, and
of morality. As we strive to understand and learn >from the great disaster of
the Holocaust, this book reminds us of the ambiguity and unpredictability of
all human interactions, and of the importance of individual action in human
Bryan Mark Rigg teaches history at American Military University and Southern
Methodist University. Raised as a Protestant in the Texas bible belt, Dr.
Rigg was surprised to learn of his own Jewish ancestry while researching his
family tree in Germany. This revelation, as well as a chance encounter with
a Jewish veteran of the Wehrmacht at a Berlin screening of "Europa Europa,
motivated him to embark on a decade of research while a student first at
Yale University and later at Cambridge University, resulting in his
acclaimed first book, "Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi
Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military." His work has
been featured on programs including NBC Dateline and Fox News. Rigg served
as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and as an officer in the U. S. Marine
Corps, and he currently lives in Dallas, Texas.
This program, jointly sponsored by the Jewish Community Library-Peter M.
Kahn Memorial, and is free of charge and open to the public. There will be
a book signing prior to and after the meeting, for both of Dr. Rigg's works.
Further information and links to articles on this topic are at the JGSLA
website: http://www.jgsla.org. - click on "Meetings."
*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Call (323) 761-8644 or e-mail email@example.com
There is no fee for attendance and non-members are welcome. but all
participants must pre-register. Please provide your name and telephone
number. If you are bringing guests, you can RSVP with your name and the
number of guests accompanying you. You will not receive a return
confirmation, but your name will be added to the list.
LOCATION: Board Room, Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles. Free parking will be available in the Building’s garage (just
west of the building entrance). Since parking is limited, attendees are
encouraged to carpool. Street parking should be available if the garage is
Pamela A. Weisberger
1st V.P. Programs-JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA