Society for Sephardic Progress announces it will be co-sponsoring
Edwin Black speaking on "The Mufti, Hitler and Iraq"
at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
FL: On November 1, 2004, the award-winning, New York Times and
international best-selling investigative author of IBM and
the Holocaust, Edwin Black will be holding a speaking event
and book signing for his latest book, Banking on Baghdad.
This event is entitled "The Mufti, Hitler and Iraq"
and is sponsored by the State of California Center for Excellence
on the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights, and Tolerance
at California State University, Chico; Los Angeles Museum of the
Holocaust; and the International Society for Sephardic Progress.
the past several years, Black has won numerous prestigious awards
for his writing and reporting. Editors have nominated him for
the Pulitzer Prize eight times, including his most recent work,
Banking on Baghdad. This book chronicles the dramatic and tragic
history of a land long the center of world commerce and conflict.
Tracing the involvement of Western governments and militaries,
as well as oil, banking, and other corporate interests. The book
also exposes the connections of Hitler with the Arabs in their
joint quest to destroy the Jews of Iraq as the Germans the British
vied for Middle Eastern oil during WWII.
Black will discuss how partnerships existed between Hitler the
Arab leadership in the Mid-East and how the Farhud (violent
dispossession) was to the Sephardim of Iraq, what Kristallnacht
was to the Jews of Germany and Austria. Mr. Shelomo Alfassa, Executive
Director of the ISFSP will be in attendance at the Los Angeles
Museum of the Holocaust and will make a declaration on behalf
of the Sephardic community. In a prepared statement Mr. Alfassa
Black's research brings to the table a major addition to the
knowledge base of Sephardim in the Holocaust. While many know
of the devastating effects of the Holocaust against the Sephardim,
most tend to think solely of Greek Jewry which suffered massive
loses. What many do not know is that the Nazi's hand dipped
well into Arab lands including Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia,
and now we can see clearly-Iraq. This is timely information,
for the world community can now recognize that when the Nazi
regime was destroyed, the paradigm they created continued, as
it does today throughout Arab lands."
interested in attending this event can contact The Los Angeles
Museum of the Holocaust at 323-651-3704 or visit them at 6435
Wilshire Blvd. Suite 303, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Those interested
in the book can learn more by visiting www.bankingonbaghdad.com
International Society for Sephardic Progress is a Jewish agency
developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants of
the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Levant
who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although based
in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization representing
Sephardim internationally, and is the publisher of the International
ISFSP is a
a non-profit organization.
of the Holocaust