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Weekend Planner: Talk

“Because of her keen interest in refugee issues and her unusual role as both insider and outsider in the Roosevelt administration, no figure of the 1930s and e_SSRq40s provides a better lens for examining America’s failure to respond adequately to the events leading up to the Holocaust,” maintains Hawley historian John F. Sears, whose talk on Sunday at the Jewish Community of Amherst, “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Fate of the Jews 1933-1945,” is also the subject of the book he is currently working on.

Sears’ discussion of Roosevelt’s work on behalf of refugees will consider the extent of her successes, failures and frustrations, including her related campaign “to address the inequality, discrimination and injustice within America that undermined the credibility of democracy in its critical competition with Fascist ideology.”

2 p.m. A reception will follow. The JCA is at 742 Main St. in Amherst.

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