Speaker Robert Kim Bingham, SR-his father's rescuse activities in Marseilles, France-March 29th at 2:00PM

On March 29th at 2 p.m., at the Hagaman Memorial Library, Robert Kim Bingham, Sr., will speak about his father's rescue activities in Marseilles, France from 1940 to 1941. Hiram Bingham IV, was an American diplomat rescuer who defied his government by issuing documents to Jewish and non-Jewish refugees to help them escape the Nazis. One of the people he helped was respected author, Lion Feuchtwanger, who was targeted by Hitler for his writing of anti-Nazi novels. Hiram Bingham sheltered the novelist and his wife in his home and helped them escape to the United States. He also helped the artist Marc Chagall and political theorist Hannah Arendt as well as more than 2,500 refugees. Because of his rescue work, Hiram Bingham lost his position in Marseilles and was moved to various posts, resigning in 1945. Mr. Robert Bingham is the author of a book about his father, Courageous Dissent, and will have copies for sale at the presentation. The Library is located at 227 Main Street, East Haven, and all are welcome to attend the program.