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“From Obscurity to National Recognition”: when a town stopped the Nazis from making a camp

December 4, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


In the late 1930s, in an attempt to avoid a second world war, countries around the globe worked to curb increasingly hostile Nazi aggression through policies of appeasement. The United States did its part by not only avoiding military intervention in Europe but also by allowing the German-American Bund (the American wing of the Nazi party) to set up camps across the country. When the Nazis moved into Southbury, however, local citizens reacted forcefully, eventually pushing the anti-Semitic settlers out of the state.

Join former First Selectman of Southbury Ed Edelson for a talk on the Southbury story from 1937 when the town stopped the Nazis from making a camp in the town.  In the talk, Ed will be telling the basic story of what happened in 1937 and what happened after a documentary premiered in Southbury in 2012 that brought national attention to the courageous actions of the people of Southbury in 1937. Ed will also reflect on the 85th Anniversary commemoration that happened in November 2022.

Ed Edelson is the author of Lois’s Story based on a true story of this event.

  • 2022-12-04 14:00:00