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Florence Mendheim was a Jewish librarian who went undercover in the 1930s to spy on Nazis around New York City. This program, co-presented by the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the Brooklyn Public Library will explore her fascinating life and legacy.
Mendheim went undercover at a moment in which American Nazism was flourishing. Local Nazi groups in the New York area were distributing propaganda, setting up summer camps, and hosting large rallies. Mendheim, an employee of the New York Public Library, was inspired to document and resist these groups. In the course of her undercover work, she used at least three pseudonyms: KQX (for correspondence with a Rabbi), Gertrude Mueller (for the Nazis), and Anna Hitler (for conducting genealogical research on Adolf Hitler).
The program will feature:
The discussion will be moderated by Treva Walsh, Collections Project Manager at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.