The Jews of Key West
Where: The 92nd Street Y, New York
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $29
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As American immigration laws prohibited Jews from entering the United States during the 1920s, thousands of Jewish migrants became refugees in Cuba, where authorities looked the other way as smugglers transported them to Key West by any means necessary.
Bar owners, boat captains, costume artists, counterfeiters, immigration officials, a rabbi and even a traveling carnival company joined forces to reunite Jewish families and save the lives threatened by racist American laws. Their actions inspired Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not and pitted them against powerful local officials who belonged to the Ku Klux Klan. This talk illuminates the clandestine acts and secret societies of an era that bears striking similarities to our own.Buy tickets/get more info now