Kaddish for Leo Frank: Briefing on Anti-Semitism Today

In Partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

Dates: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Speaker: Multiple Speakers

On the centennial of Leo Frank’s lynching, the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, DC, Regional Director, David Friedman, will speak about the ADL’s fight against anti-Semitism today. Frank’s trial led to the creation of the ADL.

Historical Remarks by Dr. Lauren B. Strauss, Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies

Background: In 1913, Frank, a young Jewish man originally from New York, was accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl who worked in the Atlanta pencil factory he managed. With prejudice heavy in the air, he was convicted and sentenced to death.

In 1915, D.C. lawyer Fulton Brylawski (great-uncle of current JHSGW president Samuel Brylawski), working on behalf of the American Jewish Committee, helped secure a stay of execution, protecting Frank from violent threats and a death sentence while the legal process continued. When Frank’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, an angry mob lynched him.

Local Connections: On August 18, 1915, Frank’s body arrived at D.C.’s Union Station on its way to New York for burial. Among the 200 people gathered were local members of B’nai B’rith’s Argo Lodge, headed by Rabbi Abram Simon of Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Program in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, DC Regional Office

Light refreshments served.

Suggested $10 donation. $20 for reserved seats.

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