Amram Scholar Series Presents: Howard Blum

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Date(s) - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Washington Hebrew Congregation


The Amram Scholar Series partners with WHC Sisterhood to present its closing lecture for the 2016-2017 season: the riveting story of Betty Pack, a beautiful American debutante who became one of World War II’s most successful Allied spies.

Join us at Washington Hebrew Congregation on Wednesday, June 14, when best selling author Howard Blum, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former New York Times investigative reporter, discusses Pack’s exploits detailed in his latest book, “The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal.” His lecture, which begins at 7:00 pm, will be preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception at 6:30 pm.

Hailed by General “Wild Bill” Donovan, head of wartime intelligence, as “the greatest unsung heroine of the war,” Betty Pack engaged in death-defying missions vital to the Allied victory, first as a secret agent for Britain’s MI-6 and then for Donovan’s Office of Strategic Services. Code-named “Cynthia,” the intelligent and charming spy seduced diplomats and military attachés across the globe in exchange for critically important ciphers and secrets involving Nazi Germany, Vichy France, and Fascist Italy.

Delving into recently declassified wartime files, Mr. Blum created a mesmerizing portrait of a complex woman. Pack’s passion and courage were conflicted by the very traits that led to her effectiveness: a lack of deep emotional connections and her readiness to risk everything to help the Allied cause.

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This program is presented in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council and with support from the Abraham & Freida Hochberg Creative Cultural Fund.