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October 23, 2015  RSS feed

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Journalist who has linked U.S. companies to Nazi regime to lecture on both sides of Bay

Edwin Black Edwin Black Edwin Black has made a career of writing about powerful American companies in alliance with the nefarious powers such as the Nazi regime and how supposedly wellmeaning non-profit groups are funding terrorism. And the most concerning part is: his stories are true.

Black, an award-winning investigative journalist, will speak in both Tampa and Pinellas County during a swing through the area Nov. 12-17. All the lectures are free.

Black will kick off his Tampa Bay lecture tour at Congregation Schaarai Zedek Brotherhood’s Community Speaker program on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. He will discuss his New York Times best-selling book, IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation. Black’s investigation into corporate complicity and the atrocities witnessed raise questions that throw IBM’s wartime ethics into serious doubt.

He will serve as Schaarai Zedek’s Nathan I Gordon Scholarin

Residence on Friday - Sunday, Nov. 13-15.

At Shabbat eve services on Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., Black will present “American Eugenics-From Long Island to Auschwitz,” based on another book, War Against the Weak: Eugen- ics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race. In the book, Black investigates the part American corporations played in the funding of the Nazi eugenics of Hitler and Mengele before moving on to found the modern movement of “human genetics.”

Another of Black’s best-sellers, Farhud-Roots of The Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust, will be subject of talk at the Tampa congregation on Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. The book focuses on the agreement between Nazis and Arabs, which ultimately led to the expulsion of Iraqi Jews and almost a million Jews from all around the Arab world. A bagel brunch will be provided afterward.

On Sunday, Nov. 15, Black will present “The History of Oil Addiction and a Plan for Interruption,” a lecture based on his book, Internal Combustion-How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives. Black details corporation’s purposeful sabotage of alternative energy for over a century in order to profit from oil dependence. His talk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and a bagel brunch will be provided after the lecture.

Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor will host Black as he again discusses IBM and the Holocaust on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. While the lecture is free, sponsors will have the opportunity to dine with Black prior to the event.

Black’s final stop will be the Hillel at the University of South Florida Tampa campus on Tuesday, Nov. 17. His lecture, sponsored by Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, will be based on his latest critically acclaimed book, Financing the Flames - How Taxpayers Finance the Flames of Confrontation and Terror in Israel. He will discuss how taxpayer money and certain human rights organizations actually help destabilize Israel and make it more difficult to bring peace to the country.

During his journalistic career, Black has sold over a million copies of his books, 10 of which have been bestsellers. His work has been submitted for Pulitzer Prize nominations 11 times.

He has been the recipient of several top writer awards including the top prize in Jewish journalism, the Rockower award from the American Jewish Press Association. He has received Rockowers for both his syndicated JTA news service investigative series’ “Funding Hate,” about the Ford Foundation’s multimillion-dollar grants to anti-Jewish and anti-Israel groups (which ran in the Jewish Press) and “Hitler’s Carmaker,” which exposed GM’s pivotal alliance with Nazi Germany.

Black has been interviewed about his work on human rights investigations on broadcasts from Oprah and the Today Show, NBC Dateline and CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports. His work has taken him across the globe, lecturing at London’s British War Museum and Munich’s Carl Orff Hall. He has also testified on a variety of social justice issues before the U.S. House of Representatives, European Parliament and the Canadian House of Commons.

Although all the lectures are free, RSVPs are requested. Contact: Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, (813) 876-2377; Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 785-8811; USF Hillel, 13101 Sycamore Drive on the USF campus, (813) 899-2788,

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