Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley’s Scholar-in-Residence, Helen Schwartz, who has lectured and written about stolen French art by the Nazis during World War II, will speak at the Temple on April 14 and 15.
Schwartz, a retired Indiana University English professor, has written several books, including her historical thriller, “Thieves of Paris.” She has lectured at universities, community centers, synagogues and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Her presentations at Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave. in Sun City, include:
7 p.m. Friday, April 14: “Are You Your Sister’s Keeper?” following a shortened Shabbat service. A question-answer reception to follow.
Schwartz will share a true story — a moral dilemma — about an upper class Jewish-born woman with tenuous ties to the Jewish community in German-occupied France, who had a Document of Aryan Ancestry. She discovered her sister had been turned in as a Jew and arrested for deportation. Would she try to help her, endangering her own status?
3 p.m. Saturday April 15: “How to Steal Priceless French Art” Join us for a “nosh & nip” while meeting Schwartz, who will sign her book, “Thieves of Paris.” Her presentation on the topic and a question-answer session will follow. Schwartz will use true-life examples from historical records and true events regarding how German troops, who invaded France in 1940, planned to seize about thousands of pieces of French-owned art for Hitler’s planned National Museum in Linz.
There is no charge but donations will be appreciated. Reservations must be made by noon Thursday, April 13, by calling the Temple office at 623.977.3240. More details are available on this flyer.
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* Registration closes on April 13th at 12:00 pm
12202 N 101st Ave
Sun City, AZ 85351