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Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center to Host
Discussion of Arthur Miller's "Focus" Nov. 17

10/18/10


West Windsor, N.J. -- The Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center will explore anti-Semitism in America during the waning days of World War II in a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. The community is invited to join in a conversation about the Arthur Miller book, "Focus," first released in 1945. A film adaptation of the book, starring William H. Macy and Laura Dern, was released in 2002. The discussion is free and open to the public and will be held in the Holocaust Center, located on the second floor of the library building on MCCC's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The plot of this powerful tale, one of Arthur's first major works, centers around a husband and wife who must ask themselves the hard questions when they are mistakenly identified as Jews by their anti-Semitic Brooklyn neighbors. As the sudden, unexpected targets of religious and racial persecution, they turn to a local Jewish immigrant in their struggle for dignity - and survival.

It is suggested that participants read the book prior to the discussion. The book and film are available in various formats through the Holocaust Center, the MCCCC Library and the Mercer County Library System. The film versio of "Focus" will be shown on the following Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 1:00 p.m. in the Holocaust Center.

For more information, call 609-570-3355 or visit the website
here.

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