America’s Soul in the Balance




The Museum of Tolerance and Kaye Scholer LLP invite you to join us for 

America’s Soul in the Balance

An evening with author Gregory J. Wallance

Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7:00pm

At the height of World War II, four lawyers in the U.S Treasury Department discovered that the highly-educated, patrician diplomats in the State Department had covered up reports of the Nazi extermination scheme–and then blocked the rescue of 70,000 Romanian Jews forcibly marched into Transnistria in the Nazi-conquered Ukraine and left to die of starvation, disease, and sheer exhaustion.   The Treasury lawyers charged the diplomats with being “accomplices of Hitler.”

The outrage of the Treasury lawyers—tough-minded New Dealers from Christian, middle-class backgrounds—at the State Department’s complicity in genocide precipitated a titanic intergovernmental battle. The stakes were nothing less than the fates of countless European Jews (symbolized by an orphaned girl’s struggle for survival in Transnistria), the historical reputation of FDR, and the soul of America itself. Journey with author Gregory J. Wallance as he examines the cultural, sociological, and political forces – and the remarkable personalities -- that shaped the State Department’s response to the Holocaust.  Hector Timerman, Argentina’s Foreign Minister, called America’s Soul “an extraordinary and painful book.”

Gregory J. Wallance is a partner at the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP; a long time human rights activist; and the author of Two Men Before the Storm, about the Dred Scott case (The Boston Globe: “an evocative historical novel”) and Papa’s Game (an Edgar Allan Poe Award-nominee).  He was a producer of the HBO movie “Sakharov,” starring Jason Robards, Jr. and Glenda Jackson, which was an outgrowth of a human rights mission to the former Soviet Union to represent families of refuseniks – Jews punished for attempting to emigrate to Israel – and where he personally presented legal petitions on their behalf to Soviet authorities.

A reception and booksigning will follow the program.

NO CHARGE. Advanced reservations required.


Free underground parking. 

Please be considerate of our residential neighbors and make every effort to avoid driving through single-family residential neighborhood streets.


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