Moshe Arens - Mandel JCC Festival of Books
Book: Flags Over The Warsaw Ghetto
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world. On the eve of Passover, April 19, 1943, German forces entered the Warsaw ghetto equipped with tanks, flame throwers, and machine guns. Against them stood an army of a few hundred young Jewish men and women, armed with pistols and Molotov cocktails. The fighters were cut off from the rest of the world, not offered any assistance or encouragement. As far as Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin were concerned, they did not exist. Who were these Jewish fighters who dared oppose the might German forces?
In this groundbreaking work, Israel's former Minister of Defense and Ambassador to the USA, Professor Moshe Arens, recounts a true tale of daring, courage, and sacrifice that is rivetingly told in homage to the fighters who rose against the German attempt to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto, and made a last ditch fight for the honor of the Jewish people. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Arens brings to light the truth about Jewish heroism and self-sacrifice in the Warsaw ghetto. His thorough research does justice to groups and individuals whose critical role and extraordinary bravery have up until now been largely left out of the historical record."
Moshe Arens immigrated with his family to the United States in 1939 where he graduated from high school in New York City. He studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and aeronautical engineering at the California Institute of Technology. During World War II, Arens served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He is the former Defense and Foreign Affairs Minister of the State of Israel. In 1982 he served as Israel's ambassador to Washington. An aeronautical engineer, he taught at Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology and for ten years was senior vice-president of Israel Aerospace Industries, where he won the Israel Defense Prize. Now retired from active political life, Arens is Chairman of the International Board of Governors of the Ariel University Center of Samaria and writes for Haaretz. Arens is married and the father of four.
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