6 2016

Adult Education: The Rise and Demise of Blacklisting

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

Congregation Beth Israel: Reform 1972 NW Flanders
Portland, OR

Contact Sara Miller
(503) 222-1069

Pollin Chapel, Schnitzer Family Center
Presenters: Ron Silver and Michael Simon

Were you a premature anti-fascist? That was the label given to many of the intelligentsia, writers and actors who favored the Republicans against the Franco Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939.

At the end of the Second World War these same people were now believed to be Communists (some were) or Fellow Travelers (some were) and a threat to the American Way of Life (almost none were). This was the dark time of the Blacklist, when people were made to name names, sign Loyalty Oaths, and the most dreaded phrase became, "Are you now, or have you ever been..."

Well-known writers and actors disappeared from the public eye, many of them Jews. At least the writers could go underground and use "fronts." Actors, teachers, and others had no refuge.

Join Michael Simon and Ron Silver as they discuss how this period came to be, and thankfully, passed its course.