Edwin Black on lecture tour featuring his latest book 'The Farhud'
Renowned writer and investigator Edwin Black goes on multi-city tour to offer sneak-preview of his newest work, which traces Nazi/Muslim collaboration in combatting the Allies during WWII and the Holocaust.
by Martin Barillas Wednesday, October 06, 2010
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Renowned investigative writer and journalist, Edwin Black, the author of numerous books and investigations including War Against the Weak, is kicking off his multi-city book tour to launch his latest work: The Farhud: The Roots of The Arab-Nazi Alliance During the Holocaust, which promises to rock the world with its account of the collaboration of Nazis and Muslim leadership to exterminate Jews long before the foundation of the modern state of Israel. The book is due to hit store shelves at the end of October.
The first in a series of lectures and film showings will be held in Minneapolis, MN on October 7 at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the University of Minnesota where he will lecture on The Farhud. This will be followed by a screening that evening, at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, of the multiple prize-winning documentary film War Against the Weak, based on Black’s blockbuster book of the same name. Black will offer a question-and-answer session about the links between the American eugenics movement and Nazi racial policies.
While in Minneapolis, Black will do a Student Workshop and Discussion entitled: Investigative Journalism and Investigating the Powerful—A Conversation with Edwin Black at University of Minnesota, sponsored by University’s Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He will also conduct a class in public health and eugenics based on his book War Against the Weak.
Black will continue his book tour promoting The Farhud in Cleveland, OH, where on October 10, he will deliver two lectures and book signings. The first will be at at Temple Beth Israel West Temple, a return engagement. The West Temple event is cosponsored by three other synagogues and Siegal College of Judaic Studies. The second presentation will be before the Midwest Jewish Studies Association under the auspices of Case Western Reserve University, also a return event.
Farhud—a word that in Arabic signifies “violent dispossession,” describes an event in World War II Iraq that culminated years of machinations involving Adolf Hitler and Hajj Muhammad Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem and leader of the region’s Muslims.
It was on June 1, 1941 that Arab mobs swept through the streets of Baghdad raping, burning, and killing in what Black describes as a “burning madhouse.” Based on research conducted in libraries and archives around the world and in consultation with renowned experts, The Farhud: The Roots of Arab-Nazi Alliance During the Holocaust offers insights into the geopolitical and genocidal underpinnings of conflicts in the Mideast and much of the world’s terrorism today.
Black’s first tour leg culminates October 11 in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, NC, where he will address a community-wide lecture on his book Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler’s Holocaust at the Forsyth Technical Community College in its Ardmore Auditorium. The event, sponsored by the Blynn Holocaust Collection, is part of the school’s 50th anniversary commemorations. The next day, October 12, Black addresses a school-wide assembly at American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, again on the topic of The Farhud.
A diverse coalition of organizations and institutions are promoting Black’s tour. These include: Sabes Jewish Community Center; Midwest Jewish Studies Association and the Program in Judaic Studies and the Stella and Dr. Herman J. Sampliner Endowment Fund of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University; Scholars for Peace in the Middle East; State of California Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance; University of Minnesota; State of California Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance; Beth Israel-The West Temple; Siegal College of Judaic Studies; Temple B’nai Abraham and Agudath B’nai Israel; Blynn Holocaust Collection; The Greensboro Jewish Federation; the Binghamton Social Justice Fund, History Network News; Institute for Religion and Public Policy; Jewish Virtual Library; The Auto Channel; and Spero Forum. For information on the tour go to the Edwin Black Multi-Book Tour Page: http://www.edwinblack.com/index.php?page=10190
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