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Chicago Premiere: Morgenthau
Chicago Premiere: MorgenthauSunday, February 12, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Always do the right thing and you’ll never have any regrets
—Robert M. Morgenthau
Three generations of Morgenthaus share a zeal for justice against the backdrop of the 20th century’s most dramatic moments. Award-winning documentarian Max Lewkowicz interviews historians, journalists, and politicians, including President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, New York City Mayor Ed Koch, and journalist and author Tom Brokaw.
Morgenthau tells the epic story of one American family with a zeal for justice. It traces the careers of three generations who played vital roles in some of the most dramatic social and political events of the 20th century.
Henry Morgenthau Senior was the United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau Junior was the United States Secretary of Treasury under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Robert M. Morgenthau served as District Attorney of New York County for more than 30 years. From fighting for international action against the Armenian genocide, through efforts to rescue Jews during the Holocaust despite American political obstruction, and on to the struggle to reduce street crime and pioneer the prosecution of white collar corruption in New York City, Morgenthau brings to light the careers of three generations who played vital roles in some of the most dramatic social and political events of the 20th century.
Dr. Tony Michels, the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History at University of Wisconsin, Madison, introduced the film and lead a post-show discussion. Dr. Michels is an expert on activism in American Jewish life and the author of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History.