Rivier University and Temple Beth Abraham sponsor Yom HaShoah observance April 28

NASHUA, N.H. – The Greater Nashua Holocaust Remembrance Committee presents a Holocaust Remembrance Day interfaith observance, sponsored by Rivier University in conjunction with Temple Beth Abraham, at 7 p.m. in the Dion Center Reception Room on Clement Street in Nashua, N.H. on Monday, April 28. 

Featured speaker: Thomas Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939  

Brandeis professor, author and historian Thomas Doherty will discuss how Jewish and non-Jewish movie moguls responded to the rising threat of Nazism during the 1930s. 

Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more ominous and distinct only as the decade wore on. Recapturing what ordinary Americans saw on the screen during the emerging Nazi threat, Thomas Doherty reclaims forgotten films, such as Hitler’s Reign of Terror (1934), a pioneering anti-Nazi docudrama by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.; I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936), a sensational true tale of “a Hollywood girl in Naziland!”; and Professor Mamlock (1938), an anti-Nazi film made by German refugees living in the Soviet Union.   

Doherty also recounts how the disproportionately Jewish backgrounds of the executives of the studios and the workers on the payroll shaded reactions to what was never simply a business decision. As Europe hurtled toward war, a proxy battle waged in Hollywood over how to conduct business with the Nazis, how to cover Hitler and his victims in the newsreels, and whether to address or ignore Nazism in Hollywood feature films. Should Hollywood lie low, or stand tall and sound the alarm?   

A question-and-answer session and a candle-lighting ceremony memorializing the victims of the Holocaust will follow the presentation. A photography display, "A History of the Holocaust," distributed by the Anti-defamation League of B’nai B’rith, will be on display in the Dion Center Reception Room from 6 p.m. through 9 p.m. 

Copies of Doherty’s book will be available to purchase at the event. 

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Sheryl Rich-Kern at (603) 881-7264 from the Holocaust Committee or Br. Paul R. Demers, (603) 897-8537 at Rivier University; or email sherylrichkern@myfairpoint.net or pdemers@rivier.edu. 




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