Anti-Semitism in Minneapolis
November 5 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Decades ago, Jews in the Upper Midwest were excluded from much of American life. Many
employers would not hire Jews, some communities were closed to Jews, and even some
restaurants wouldn’t serve Jews. In fact, notable essayist Carey McWilliams proclaimed in 1946, “Minneapolis is the capitol of anti-Semitism in the United States. In almost every walk of life, ‘an iron curtain’ separates Jews from non-Jews in Minneapolis.” Groups whose sole purpose was anti-Semitism abounded in the 1930s and ’40s.
Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, will help us understand the history of anti-Semitism in Minneapolis.