Neil Baldwin on Henry Ford & the Jews

Autographed copies are now available of  HENRY FORD AND THE JEWS – a fascinating book and frightening chapter of  American history left out of the history books.

neilbaldwinauthor photojpg-1-1Neil Baldwin will be autographing and discussing his book Henry Ford and the Jews on Friday, April 16that 7:30 PM at the Birmingham Temple, 28611 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Birmingham.

A visitor to Nazi Party headquarters in Munich in the winter of 1922 would have immediately observed a large table covered with copies of the German edition of The International Jew by Henry Ford, and a framed photograph of the industrialist-author hanging on Adolf Hitler’s office wall. In Henry Ford and the Jews, biographer Neil Baldwin reveals the complex tale of how “Heinrich” Ford promoted a virulent brand of antisemitism, disseminating his point of view through a privately-published newspaper, The Dearborn Independent — and how the Jewish American community responded with alarm and courage.

Ford eventually apologized with the help of Jewish organizations (whether or not that apology was sincere remains an open question). As he does elsewhere in the book, Baldwin probes the story behind this apology. His concise look at an organized American Jewry beginning to flex its muscles makes this excellent biography a tale of changing American ethnic relations. – Publishers Weekly

Neil Baldwin was born in New York City and attended the Horace Mann School. He was a Visiting Student at the University of Manchester, England, and received his B.A. in English from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. in Modern American Poetry from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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