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That Jewish News Show: A daring escape from Auschwitz and the White House antisemitism plan

On this episode of ‘That Jewish News Show,’ the hosts discuss the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism and Jonathan Freedland’s new book, “The Escape Artist”

That Jewish News Show

“The Man Who Escaped from Auschwitz”
May 25, 2023

On the May 25, 2023 episode of That Jewish News Show, Laura E. Adkins and Benyamin Cohen of the Forward discuss the White House’s new National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. They were joined by Jonathan Freedland, a British journalist who writes a weekly column for The Guardian, to discuss his new book, The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World, an incredible true Holocaust story of a man who escaped from a concentration camp.

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‘The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World’ by Jonathan Freedland (Harper Collins Publishers)

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