Missouri S&T historian to present talk on ‘Gangsters vs. Nazis’

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On October 20, 2022

Dr. Larry Gragg. Photo by Tom Wagner/Missouri S&T.

Dr. Larry Gragg, professor emeritus of history and political science at Missouri S&T, will present a talk on the anti-Nazi efforts of American Jewish gangsters as part of the event series connected to the Americans and the Holocaust exhibit at the university.

The talk will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the Missouri S&T campus. The talk will focus on American Jewish gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky, who pushed back against American pro-Nazi groups in the years prior to World War II.

Gragg began teaching at Missouri S&T in 1977 and served as chair of history and political science for 17 years. He also served as vice provost for undergraduate studies for a year and was the founding chair of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence. Gragg is the author of 10 books, including Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel: The Gangster, the Flamingo, and the Making of Modern Las Vegas, and Forged in Gold: Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years.

This event is sponsored by the Missouri S&T Archives and the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Rolla Research Center. For more information on this event, parent and teacher resources and lists of recommended reading and viewing, please visit libguides.mst.edu/holocaustexhibit/events.

Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is an educational initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association. Missouri S&T’s library is one of 50 libraries nationwide selected to host the exhibit.

Americans and the Holocaust was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners — Joan and Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen and Rob, Nancy and Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. The museum’s exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

For more information about the S&T events or to arrange guided tours, please contact the Curtis Laws Wilson Library at 573-341-4008 or library@mst.edu.

About the Curtis Laws Wilson Library

The Curtis Laws Wilson Library is located on Missouri S&T’s campus at 400 W. 14th Street in Rolla. Dedicated in 1968, the library is named in honor of the dean of the university (then named the Missouri School of Mines) from 1941-1963. Learn more about the library at library.mst.edu.

About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires leaders and citizens worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum’s far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit ushmm.org.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of approximately 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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