Official Program. “We Will Never Die.” A Mass Memorial Dedicated to the Two Million Jewish Dead of Europe. Constitution Hall, Washington D.C., April 12th 1943.

AUCTION 61 | Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic Art and Ceremonial Objects

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Lot 128
Holocaust.

Official Program. “We Will Never Die.” A Mass Memorial Dedicated to the Two Million Jewish Dead of Europe. Constitution Hall, Washington D.C., April 12th 1943.

Upper cover designed by Arthur Szyk. Photographic illustrations. Includes names of over 1,000 prominent Americans who supported the creation of a Jewish army comprised of Stateless and Palestinian Jews. pp. 32. Original pictorial wrappers. Folio.

n.p: 1943

Est: $600 - $900
PRICE REALIZED $1,800
After word reached America of the Nazi killing of European Jewry, pressure mounted on the Roosevelt Administration to help European Jews. To spur action, playwright Ben Hecht prepared a memorial to the Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. The pageant “We Will Never Die” sponsored by the Zionist Revisionist Bergson Group, was part of a mass demonstration on the part of the Bergson Group to pressure Washington to act decisively to rescue Europe’s remaining Jews. Performed in the major cities of America and produced by Billy Rose, it involved the talents of Kurt Weill, Paul Muni, Edward G. Robinson, among others. “It is our sincere hope that through this moving memorial, concrete measures will be taken to save the survivors among European Jewry by ‘Action - Not Pity’.” (Introduction).