Confronting Hate 1937–1952
Join the BZD and New-York Historical Society for a virtual walk through a timely exhibition that explores the groundbreaking campaign launched by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in 1937 to combat increasing antisemitism in the United States during the interwar period. Under the leadership of advertising executive Richard Rothschild, a groundbreaking multimedia campaign was organized to combat “all forms of bigotry.” Renowned New York cartoonists Eric Godal, Carl Rose, and Bernard Seaman pooled their talents to create a series of posters, comic books, pamphlets, and newspaper cartoons that graphically confronted racism, nativism, and antisemitism and championed democratic values and understanding. With the addition of AJC Radio—a division that produced broadcasts in cooperation with NBC and WOR to update Americans on the progress of the Allies during World War II—followed by AJC Television during the late 1940s and early 1950s, the full campaign took on all forms of American hatred. Confronting Hate 1937 to 1952 examines the history of the groundbreaking campaign through vibrant posters, engaging comic books, newspaper advertisements, radio spots, and television cartoons.