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Trudy Gold
Ben Hecht: Journalist and Screenwriter

Thursday 8.02.2024


Jean-Luc Godard said that Ben Hecht was a genius and that “he invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today.” Hecht was a brilliant hard-hitting journalist and arguably the greatest American screenwriter. This session, illustrated with his films, will go back in time to the golden age of the silver screen and will examine how Hecht’s controversial stance on Zionism led to his works being banned in Britain.

Trudy Gold

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Trudy Gold was the CEO of the London Jewish Cultural Centre and a founding member of the British delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Throughout her career she taught modern Jewish history at schools, universities, and to adult groups and ran seminars on Holocaust education in the UK, Eastern Europe, and China. She also led Jewish educational tours all over the world. Trudy was the educational director of the student resources “Understanding the Holocaust” and “Holocaust Explained” and the author of The Timechart History of Jewish Civilization.