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Temple Emanu-El

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Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Watson

Sunday, November 13, 2022    
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dr. Robert Watson to speak at Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach
on “Kristallnacht, World Reaction, and Hitler’s Plans”

Dr. Robert Watson will lecture on “Kristallnacht, World Reaction, and Hitler’s Plans” in commemoration of the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass.  A continental breakfast at 10:00 a.m. followed by the lecture at 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Watson noted that “Kristallnacht was not an isolated incident; nor was it a ‘spontaneous’ riot as it has sometimes inaccurately been described. Rather, it was part of a much larger, coordinated and calculated effort by Hitler and senior Nazis to assess the response of the world and see how much they could get away with. This talk examines the Night of Broken Glass and other horrific events within the larger context of the Holocaust and Hitler’s plans.”

Dr. Robert Watson is a professor, author, historian, media commentator, and community activist.  He is Distinguished Professor of American History, Avron Fogelman Research Professor, and Director of Project Civitas at Lynn University.  He has published over 45 books and 200 scholarly articles and essays on topics in political and military history, as well as two multi-edition, multi-volume encyclopedia sets on the presidents and first ladies. Some of his recent books include Affairs of State, America’s First Crisis, The Presidents’ Wives, The Nazi Titanic, The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn, George Washington’s Final Battle, and Escape.  Dr. Watson’s books have won numerous awards including both the Independent Publishers’ Gold Medal and Silver Medal in History, the John Barry Book Award, and the John Lyman Book Award. A frequent media commentator, Watson has been interviewed thousands of times by news outlets around the world, including CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, The New York Times, NPR, and the BBC.

Dr. Haviva Langenauer, Co-Chair of Holocaust Remembrance and Education at Temple Emanu-El, stated that “We are so pleased that Dr. Watson will lecture again at our Temple.  He brings a fresh outlook and new insights to historical events.”