Bestselling author and investigative journalist Edwin Black will address the interfaith community of Regina, Saskatchewan in Canada to observe Holocaust Day this week. In a six event scholar-in-residence, Black will present his latest findings on IBM’s role in co-planning and co-organizing the Holocaust under the micro-management of its president Thomas J. Watson.
As part of his main interfaith lecture series, Black will address a group of several hundred Catholic high school students and several hundred Lutheran college students, as well as the Beth Jacob Synagogue, and then business students at the University of Regina.
The culminating event will be the community’s official Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Day observance. The author’s emphasis will be on corporate misconduct and the hidden aspect of Holocaust facilitation undertaken by IBM during the 12-year Holocaust. Black’s five communitywide interfaith events are sponsored Sask Culture, the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Jewish Council and the Beth Jacob Synagogue in association with The Regina Catholic Schools, Regina Public Schools, Luther College High School, University of Regina, Paul J. Hill School of Business and the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business, and cosponsored by the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the State of California Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance, The Auto Channel, History Network News, and the Jewish Virtual Library.
IBM and the Holocaust enjoys more than a million books in print in more than 14 languages. It has been lauded worldwide for its detailed documentation. Newsweek reviewed the award-winning volume as “An explosive book... Backed by exhaustive research, Black's case is simple and stunning: that IBM facilitated the identification and roundup of millions of Jews during the 12 years of the Third Reich... Black's evidence may be the most damning to appear yet against a purported corporate accomplice.”
In a separate sixth event, sponsored by Beth Jacob and the Saskatchewan Jewish Council, Black will address the Rotary Clubs of Regina on his book The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust.
Lauded by critics such as Middle East expert Walid Phares as "meticulously researched and documented," and with a Foreword historian Martin Gilbert, by The Farhud chronicles the robust axis between Arabs and Nazis, on and off the battlefield, during the Holocaust. What the book documents is "a legacy of hate" by Arabs against Jews combined with the Nazi lust for oil that brought Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler into common cause with the Muslim Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and other Arab leaders.
“Farhud,” a word in Arabic that signifies violent dispossession, is used to describe the horrific events of 1941 in Baghdad when Iraqi Nazi mobs murdered and raped the Jewish community, seizing their property and wiping out their millennial presence in the country. The stated goal at the time was to exterminate Jews not only in Palestine and in the Middle East but also in Europe. Eventually, the shoulder-to-shoulder battlefield alliance of Nazis, Muslims and Arabs during World War II also created the Muslim-Catholic murder regime in Croatia known as the Ustasha, perhaps the most heinous killers of the Holocaust, according to Black. Of his latest work, Black wrote, “This is a book I never wanted to write. But someone had to.”
Black lectures at hundreds of locales per year, and has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Library of Congress, the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles, the British War Museum in London, the Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam, and Carl Orff Hall in Munich. He frequently presents to business students and interfaith groups.