March 21, 2017: ON TYRANNY: Timothy Snyder and Jonathan Kirsch

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March 21, 2017, 7:30pm. Buy tickets here. At Temple Emanuel, School Auditorium, 8844 Burton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Ticket: $20. Street parking available, as well as parking underneath the 8844 Burton Way building.

Who says it can’t happen here? And will we listen to recent lessons from the 20th century?  Professor Timothy Snyder,  Housum Professor of History at Yale, is an expert on 20th Century European History, and has written extensively on pre-war Europe (Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning), and the lessons we thought we learned and need to heed from World War II.  The parallels between 1930’s Europe and the present day are staggering, and frightening. Professor Snyder warns us that in the 20’s and 30’s, many European democracies didn’t believe that their countries could or ever would  succumb to Nazism, Fascism or Communism.  The rest is history.  Very recent history.

Timothy Snyder wrote a Facebook post following the election that received millions of views, and he expanded that post into a practical handbook, called On Tyranny. Besides pointing out lessons from all too recent history, On Tyranny is a guide to knowing the signs of authoritarianism, some subtle and some overt. On Tyranny gives us 20 steps to preserve our freedom, to activate for change, and to deal with our current state of uncertainty while confronting it squarely in the eye.

Jonathan Kirsch reviews books for The Jewish Journal and the Los Angeles Times, and is a critically acclaimed author.  He is the author of such noted books as The Short Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, A Nazi Diplomat, and A Murder in Paris; Moses: A Life;  and The Harlot by the Side of the Road. In his spare time, Jonathan Kirsch practices law in Century City.