A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald
The JCC in Sherman presents Gust Speaker Vail Barrett and a special viewing of Documentary: A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald, the first US Ambassador to Israel 1948-1951
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND 7PM
Snow Date Feb. 9th 7PM
$10 Members | $15 Non-Members
Grandson of James McDonald, Vail Barrett will be giving a short speech before showing the Documentary: A Voice Amoung the Silent followed by a Q&A
A VOICE AMONG THE SILENT: The Legacy of James G. McDonald is the first documentary to shine light on James McDonald’s remarkable efforts to warn the world of Adolf Hitler’s plan for the Jews. The incredible story of McDonald’s foresight was almost lost to history until his meticulously kept diaries were discovered in 2003. The son of Catholic immigrants, James McDonald was one of the first Americans to meet face-to-face with Hitler in 1933. Shocked by Hitler’s threats, McDonald, as League of Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, worked tirelessly to find safe havens for refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. McDonald repeatedly warned world leaders including President Franklin Roosevelt and future Pope Pius XII, of the looming tragedy he foresaw. President Truman appointed McDonald the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel. McDonald’s role was pivotal in aiding the new state and shaping American-Israeli friendship. McDonald spoke up when others were silent. McDonald’s bravery is a model for human decency and courage that is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago.
Vail Barrett, originally from Bonxville, NY resides in Roxbury, CT. He moved to Connecitcut five years again. A member of the Class of 1973 from Westminster College in PA., Vail also attended The School of Visual Arts, Parsons, and the Art Students League in NYC. Over the past 14 years he was the Concierge for the Doral Arrowood Conference Center in Purchase, NY. Since he has been Connecticut he has spoken and shown the Documentary Film “Advocate for the Doomed” ( about his grandfather, James G. McDonald) at Temple Sholom in New Milford, CT., The Gunn Library in Washington, CT., The Minor Library in Roxbury, CT., The Jewish Woman’s Coalition in Washington, CT., and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Vail is very grateful to be able to share the remarkable Huanitarian Story of James G. McDonald with the members and friends of the JCC in Sherman.