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Event in NYC: The New York Times and the Holocaust; Author of New Book, and N.Y. Post Books Editor to Speak


Prof. Laurel Leff, author of the explosive new book, “Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper,” will make her Manhattan debut at the Center for Jewish History on May 23, in a public program with the Books Editor of the New York Post, Abby Wisse.

The program is co-sponsored by the The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS).

“This is the first time a scholar has documented how -- and why -- the New York Times systematically buried news about the Holocaust,” said Wyman Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff. “The information Prof. Leff reveals will shock and infuriate -- but most of all, it will educate the public about a crucial part of the history of America’s response to the Nazi genocide.”

The event will take place on Monday evening, May 23, at 7 p.m., at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16 St., New York City. For more information, call 917-606-8200. AJHS members, seniors, and students will be admitted free of charge; for all others, the admission fee is $5. All attendees must register in advance.

In the first six weeks since it was published by Cambridge University Press, “Buried by The Times” has attracted widespread public and media attention, and has been reviewed in the New York Times, New York Post, Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Forward, Commentary, and the Weekly Standard. Prof. Leff has spoken at Harvard University, Miami University of Ohio, the University of Judaism, and for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the American Jewish Committee, and elsewhere.

Prof. Leff teaches journalism at Northeastern University and is a member of the Academic Council of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which is organizing many of her speaking engagements. The Institute, named after the historian and author of the 1985 best-seller “The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945,” is a research and educational institute focusing on America’s response to the Holocaust.

The American Jewish Historical Society, founded in 1892, is the oldest national ethnic historical organization in the United States. The Society’s library, archives, photograph, and art and artifacts collections document the American Jewish experience.


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