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The Temple Bombing Hardcover – April 2, 1996
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When the United States South went into an uproar over the 1954 Supreme Court decision in favor of integration, Jacob Rothschild--rabbi of the Temple, Atlanta's oldest and richest synagogue--responded with an outspoken defense of civil rights. "He was aware that he lived in strange times, when the pronouncement of elemental moral observations stirred political havoc." The bombing of the Temple by neo-Nazi extremists in 1958 was but one climactic moment in a progression of conflicting messages and class struggles experienced by Jews in the post-war South. Melissa Fay Greene is a fine storyteller with a rich, literary style: she portrays the social setting, as well as the crime itself and its aftermath, with a plethora of compelling details. By the end of the book, when Rabbi Rothschild is hosting a dinner for Martin Luther King in honor of his Nobel Peace Prize, the reader has gained a solid sense of a pivotal time and place in Southern history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
In 1958, anti-Semitic white supremacists dynamited Atlanta's oldest Jewish synagogue, whose rabbi, Pittsburgh-born Jacob Rothschild, was an outspoken advocate of integration. A trial of the accused terrorists ended in a hung jury, and a second trial in acquittal. The Reform Jewish Temple became a rallying point uniting blacks and Jews in efforts for racial justice, and Rabbi Rothschild (who died in 1974 at the age of 62) befriended Martin Luther King Jr., who in 1960 moved home to Atlanta, the scene of many critical confrontations in the early civil rights movement. Greene recreates these events in a spellbinding narrative written with fierce moral passion and a great sense of historic drama. By delving into the exclusionary policies and attitudes of Atlanta's white Protestant elite, tensions within the city's Jewish community, related terrorist incidents and links among right-wing extremist, racist and anti-Semitic organizations, she has reclaimed a forgotten chapter of the civil rights era.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
Although the book spans 502 pages, the story moves quickly. The account of the bombing and the ensuring investigation and trial reads like a thriller. I was disappointed that the trial failed to reach a conviction, leaving the crime unresolved. It was heartening to read how the bombing evoked sympathy within the community at large.
To my surprise and delight, I learned of a family member, Rebecca Mathis Gershon, who is portrayed in the book. A Temple congregant, she was a civil rights activist and confidant of Rabbi Rothschild. Her branch of the family provided refuge to my father who fled Nazi Germany in 1939.
Author Melissa Fay Greene has enriched tumultuous and vital chapters of our history. I commend her.