This is a special week for me, largely because of a project that has little to do with Entrevestor.
Many of you already know that I’m working on a book called The Jew Who Defeated Hitler, which is the story of Henry Morgenthau, Jr.’s role in defeating Nazi Germany. I’m flying to New York today to attend a private screening of “Good Fortune – The Story of Morgenthau”, a full-length documentary on the Morgenthau family and their contributions to the United States.
Director Max Lewkowicz interviewed me for the film last year and tonight I’ll find out how much of that interview made the final cut. The other interviewees include Rudolph Giuliani, Eliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton and a host of eminent historians, so air time will be at a premium.
I’ve spent about six years researching the role Morgenthau, who was Secretary of the Treasury from 1933 to 1945, in financing the Second World War. Though he was a dyslexic college dropout with no formal training in finance, Morgenthau headed the program that raised more than $300 billion (about $5 trillion today) that the U.S. spent defeating the Axis. It was the biggest economic program ever. He also headed the U.S. effort to aid Britain in 1940 and 1942 and was the driving force behind the War Refugee Board, which rescued about 200,000 European Jews.
Good Fortune will air on the Public Broadcasting System in a few months, and I will be sure to let readers know when they can view it. My book, The Jew Who Defeated Hitler, will very likely be published next autumn.
This is, of course, a departure from the regular content on Entrevestor. We’ll continue to cover the Atlantic Canadian startup community five days a week on this site, just as we have for the past two years. (I’ve already written all the stories for this week, but may miss any breaking stories as I’ll be in the U.S.) To ensure that Entrevestor remains focused on startups, I will restrict the Morgenthau-related material I post here to major announcements.
But I will post weekly blogs on my wordpress site, jewwhodefeatedhitler.wordpress.com. To help people follow these posts, I’ll tweet them and post links on Google+. Please follow them, and join in the discussions.
The Jew Who Defeated Hitler is a fascinating tale and a labour of love, and I hope many of our Entrevestor readers will enjoy the book when it appears late next year.