Graduate School of Jewish Studies Hosts Author Monty Noam Penkower
New York, NY – The Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies invited author and historian Monty Noam Penkower to discuss his new book, “The Swastika’s Darkening Shadow.” While many are familiar with the events that took place during the Holocaust itself, much less is known about the lives and responses of European Jews in the years between Adolph Hitler’s rise to power and the start of World War II.
Using a wide variety of sources, including newspapers, diaries, diplomatic correspondence and organizational reports, Penkower painted a picture of European Jews going about their daily lives while trying to get the word out about the growing anti-Semitism that ultimately led to their doom. Penkower is a professor emeritus of Jewish history at the Machon Lander Graduate School of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and a former professor of history at Touro. His other books include “The Jews Were Expendable: Free World Diplomacy and the Holocaust,” “The Emergence of Zionist Thought,” “The Holocaust and Israel Reborn: From Catastrophe to Sovereignty” and “Twentieth Century Jews: Forging Identity in the Land of Promise and in the Promised Land.”