International investigative author and journalist Edwin Black will be making two appearances in Detroit to discuss key issues in the Mideast--both past and present. The first, drawn from his book The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust, will be at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills on Monday, June 11. In that event, Black will recount the stunning details of the Arab-Nazi collaboration during the Holocaust, including the history of persecution suffered by Jewish and Christian communities and the refuge given to Nazi war criminals. This event is expected to widely attract members of the Jewish, Chaldean, and Lebanese Christian communities. Admission to the event is $8 per person. Black has frequently lectured at the HMC Museum in the past.
Published in 2010 to international acclaim for its exhaustive research and insight, The Farhud details the events that took place during the darkest days of the Holocaust and how what transpired at that time continues to have an impact on Arab-Islamic and Israeli-Jewish relations in the Middle East today. Mideast analyst Walid Phares called the work "monumental."
The second event will be held, Tuesday, June 12, at Adat Shalom, a leading Detroit-area synagogue, and focuses not on history but on the present tense, that is, the immediate threat posed by the Iranian push for a nuclear weapon. Black will discuss specific details of Iran's development of a nuclear trigger mechanism and its accelerated enrichment program. He will also outline America's lack of preparedness should Iran block the Strait of Hormuz, creating a worldwide oil interruption. Twenty percent of the world's oil passes through the narrow twin two-mile sea lane passage. Black first began speaking of the Iranian threat six years ago at a Holocaust Memorial Center dinner held at Adat Shalom. At the time, Black says,"I spoke of the potential for a Second Holocaust based on the petrodollar funding of the Iranian nuclear program. People didn't know what I was talking about. Today, the notion is commonly understood."
While in Detroit, Black will provide briefings to local leadership and lead a press conference on the dangers of the Iranian nuclear program.
Black is the award winning, New York Times bestselling and international investigative author of 71 editions in 14 languages in 61 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe, and Israel. With more than a million books in print, his work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy, and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black’s work ten times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years, he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. His best-known book is IBM and the Holocaust.
Black's appearance is sponsored by Zionist Organization of America-Michigan Region and the Holocaust Memorial Center, in conjunction with Adat Shalom, Stand With Us Michigan, Bnai Brith International--Great Lakes Region, Akiva Hebrew Day School, B'nai Israel Synagogue, Congregation Beth Sholom, Congregation Shir Tikavah, Temple Israel, Temple Shir Sholom, and Young Israel of Oak Park, and cosponsored by the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, the lState 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, and Spero Forum. The event kicks off the author's international June tour which will include Brussels, Jerusalem, the Galilee, Haifa, and Tel Aviv.