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Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free

In a brief life that led to a violent end, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (1906–1947) rose from desperate poverty to ill-gotten riches, from a family of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side to a kingdom of his own making in Las Vegas. In this captivating portrait, author Michael Shnayerson sets out not to absolve Bugsy Siegel but rather to understand him in all his complexity.

Through the 1920s, 1930s, and most of the 1940s, Bugsy Siegel and his longtime partner in crime Meyer Lansky engaged in innumerable acts of violence. As World War II came to an end, Siegel saw the potential for a huge, elegant casino resort in the sands of Las Vegas. Jewish gangsters built nearly all of the Vegas casinos that followed. Then, one by one, they disappeared. Siegel’s story laces through a larger, generational story of eastern European Jewish immigrants in the early- to mid-twentieth century.

Program registrants will receive a code for 30% off and free shipping on the book.

This program is funded, in part, by a Humanities New York CARES Grant, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Ticket Info: Pay what you wish; registration required at /tickets/bugsy-siegel-2021-04-26 to receive a Zoom link.

Details

Date:
April 26
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://programs.cjh.org/tickets/bugsy-siegel-2021-04-26

Organizer

Center for Jewish History
Phone:
212-294-8301
Email:
irosenbluth@cjh.org
Website:
cjh.org

Venue

Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Phone:
2122948301
Website:
www.cjh.org

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