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A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald

Sunday, August 11, 2019 10 Av 5779

4:45 PM - 6:15 PMASBI Social Hall

Documentary Screening & Filmmaker Q&A
“A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald”
Tisha b’Av: Sunday, August 11, 4:45 PM


Join ASBI for a viewing of “A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald” and a discussion with the film’s director, Shuli Eshel.

As the Nazis planned and then carried out the mass murder of the Jewish people, an unheralded American scholar and diplomat tried desperately to sound the alarm. This is the remarkable story of James G. McDonald, unearthed from recently-discovered diaries that bring his remarkable efforts to light at long last.

As the League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, McDonald warned world leaders of Hitler's plans. As chairman of President Roosevelt's Advisory Committee on Political Refugees, McDonald pushed for admission of Jewish refugees to the United States. As America's first ambassador to Israel, McDonald built the foundation for America-Israel friendship.

McDonald spoke up when others were silent. His courage and bravery are a model for human decency and courage that is as relevant today as it was in his time. Filmmaker Shuli Eshel details the life’s work of this unrecognized champion of human rights.

Shuli Eshel, Israeli-born Chicago filmmaker, is an award-winning producer/director of documentaries covering a myriad of subjects. Among her documentaries are “Women's Peace in the Middle East”, “Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium”, “Maxwell Street: A Living Memory”, “The Jewish Experience in Chicago”, and “Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics”.













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