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Victim and Villain: Jewish Responses to the Red Scare

Date(s) - Wednesday, November 14th
7:00 pm CST - 8:30 pm CST

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

dsc0801-version-2Jews are often portrayed as victims of the Red Scare, but this doesn’t tell the whole story. What was Jewish anti-communism? And when was it most fervent?

Join Larry Ceplair, Blacklist scholar and author, for a detailed look at the roots of Jewish anti-communism. Jewish communists, blacklistees, and atomic spies raised fears in the Jewish community that a wave of anti-Semitism might be provoked, which led to a strident Jewish response to Communism. Ceplair will particularly focus on the infamous trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the Jews who were especially vocal advocates for their ultimate capital punishment, and will also comment on the role Jews played in the Hollywood Blacklist.

Walk-ins Welcome
Cost: Museum Members $5 | Non-Members $8
Free Parking

Larry Ceplair received a B. A. from UCLA (1964) and a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin (1973). He was a private secondary school teacher from 1972-1983. He taught history at Santa Monica College, from 1983-2004. He is the author or co-author of eight books, including The Inquisition in Hollywood, The Marxist and the Movies, Anti-Communism in Twentieth-Century America, and Dalton Trumbo: Blacklisted Hollywood Radical. He oversaw the UCLA Oral History Program on the blacklist, and he curated an exhibit about the Hollywood Blacklist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2002).

Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019.

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