Gangsters vs. Nazis: How Jewish Mobsters Battled Nazis in WWII America
Join author Michael Benson, in conversation with AJU’s Samuel Rosenbaum, to learn the untold saga of Jewish mobsters combating the rise of Nazism in 1930s and 1940s America. Discover stories of mob-led resistance to the terrifying wave of American fascism. Explore Long Island’s “Nazi Town, USA,” Meyer Lansky’s audacious Manhattan raid, Fritz Kuhn’s sinister American Bund, Newark’s street battles, and Hollywood’s mob-driven war on Nazis.
During his five decades as a writer, Michael Benson has collaborated with a former gangster, a retired FBI agent, and a former New York Police Department “Cop of the Year”. He has explored the Grassy Knoll in Dallas with a former KGB agent while researching his Who’s Who in the JFK Assassination; collaborated efficiently with an astronaut; and covered the Stephen Hayes triple-murder trial in New Haven, Ct., for the New York Post. On TV, he has been seen on ABC, the I.D. network, and Oxygen. Benson was born in Rochester NY and has a B.A. with honors in Communication Arts from Hofstra University. He is the winner of an Academy of American Poets award and was in 2016 named a Wheatland-Chili High School Graduate of Excellence.
Rabbi Samuel “Sammy” Rosenbaum was ordained in May 2023 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Rabbi Rosenbaum works as the Assistant Dean for Ziegler, focusing on recruitment, admissions, and student community. He is also the part-time rabbi at Temple Ner Shalom in San Luis Obispo. Prior to living in Los Angeles he lived in Atlanta, Georgia working as a professional touring musician and Jewish community builder. His passion is in strengthening Jewish communal and spiritual connection. Rabbi Rosenbaum was the co-founder of The Well – Atlanta, a monthly musical Kabbalat Shabbat gathering. He was a founding resident of Moishe House Atlanta- Virginia Highlands. Originally from Boca Raton, Florida, he loves being outdoors in the sunshine, whether hiking or swimming at the beach.