Upcoming Exhibition

Confronting Hate 1937–1952

July 29, 2022 - January 1, 2023

In 1937, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) launched an unprecedented media campaign to combat the increase in anti-Semitism gripping the United States.

Location

2nd floor, Pam & Scott Schafler Gallery

In 1937, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) launched an unprecedented media campaign to combat the increase in anti-Semitism gripping the United States. Under the leadership of advertising executive Richard Rothschild, a groundbreaking multimedia campaign was organized to combat “all forms of bigotry.” Renowned New York cartoonists Eric Godal, Carl Rose, and Bernard Seaman pooled their talents to create a series of posters, comic books, pamphlets, and newspaper cartoons that graphically confronted racism, Nativism, and anti-Semitism and championed democratic values and understanding. With the addition of AJC Radio—a division that produced broadcasts in cooperation with NBC and WOR to update Americans on the progress of the Allies during World War II—followed by AJC Television during the late 1940s and early 1950s, the full campaign took on all forms of American hatred. Organized in cooperation with the American Jewish Committee, Confronting Hate 1937 to 1952 examines the history of the groundbreaking campaign through vibrant posters, engaging comic books, newspaper advertisements, radio spots, and television cartoons. Curated by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts and special exhibitions

Major support for this exhibition is provided by the David Berg Foundation. Additional support is provided by MaryAnn Fribourg, The Lerner Foundation, Isabel and Peter Malkin, and the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media