Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange will hold its annual Landwirth Lecture, :The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg: on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 2 P.M. Did you know that Moe Berg, son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, was a professional baseball player in the 1930s? He played as a back-up catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox. However, Berg’s true claim to fame derived from another aspect of his life: He was a spy for the American Government. Berg was a brilliant linguist who had graduated from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude and thus, while playing exhibition baseball in Japan with the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Berg was asked by the U.S. military to surreptitiously film Japanese industrial facilities. The footage he brought back proved to be invaluable in America’s war effort in the Pacific, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
During the war, Moe Berg performed a variety of missions in Europe as well. One of his assignments involved a trip to neutral Switzerland, where he was to attend a lecture given by prominent German physicist, Werner Heisenberg. Berg’s orders were to determine if Heisenberg’s nuclear research indicated that the Germans were close to developing an atomic bomb. If they were, Berg’s orders were to kill him.
Please join us as our featured speaker, writer Nicholas Dawidoff, author of the best seller, The Catcher Was A Spy will reveal the rest of the story. Mr. Dawidoff has also authored a number of acclaimed books, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. He is the author of many articles that have appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times. A Branford Fellow at Yale University, Mr. Dawidoff resides in New Haven. This event is sponsored by the Landwirth Family Fund. All Are Welcome! Free and open to the public. For further information, contact the synagogue at 203-799-6924.