As part of The New Amsterdam History Center book series
The Anne Frank Center USA is proud to present
Confronting Intolerance Today
Author Russell Shorto and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik discuss Mr. Shorto’s new book
Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City
Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 PM
This event will be held at Congregation Shearith Israel
Congregation Shearith Israel
8 West 70th Street
New York, NY 10023
In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth-century wine-tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch-and world-history.
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200+ guests attended “Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City,” with Russell Shorto and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, at Congregation Shearith Israel for a discussion of Mr. Shorto’s new book, as part of The Anne Frank Center USA’s Confronting Intolerance Today speaker series.
Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provided an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence, its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege. A Q&A, book signing and reception followed. Rabbi Meir Soloveichik engaged Mr. Shorto in a wonderful dialogue covering all issues in his book, paying particular attention to Anne Frank and the concept of Tolerance in the Netherlands, explaining that 23 Dutch- Portugese Jews founded his Congregation. Executive Director, Yvonne Simons, introduced the Center and the program as part of a speaker series in the Confronting Intolerance Project. The Center was one of three co-sponsors of this event. We would like to thank Board members, Gerhard van der Poel, Salomon van Dias, Tom Wijsmuller and Consul General Rob de Vos for attending this wonderful event.
This event was sponsored by Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Anne Frank Center USA, and the New Amsterdam History Center. It was supported as part of The Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, and through funding from the ministries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Netherland-America Foundation, and KLM Royal Dutch airlines, the official airline of The Anne Frank Center USA.