Steel City Jews: In Prosperity, Depression and War 1915-1950
The decade of the 1920s was one of prosperity and progress, but it also was a decade of darkening shadows and growing concerns. The stock market crash of 1929 followed by the depression of the 1930s sent shock waves through the community and sorely tested all Americans including Jews. In the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, Pittsburgh Jewish leadership determined to more diligently attack discrimination and intolerance on the home front. The Arab-Israeli War at the end of the decade which involved various Pittsburghers established the State of Israel, fulfilling the Zionist dream. The tale told here is one of grit and determination, triumph and tragedy. It is a story that all readers interested in Pittsburgh and its Jewish community will find fascinating.