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The Great Depression, a Storied History

Class #3

“The Great Depression, a Storied History” deals with the Great Depression often as seen through the eyes of a child growing up surrounded by it. The series begins with warning signs during the 1920’s as 40,000 men lined up in the freezing predawn hours at the River Rouge Ford plant looking for work. It goes on to depict the great crash which followed several years later and then the disastrous Hoover administration. 1933 finally brings relief. FDR ushers in an entirely new perspective: Keep trying anything until something works. Great relief. A plethora of programs and an entirely new mental outlook for the nation. Orson Wells’s radio broadcast “The War of the Worlds” shocked a nation already on edge as war clouds gathered in Europe. The clandestine relationship between FDR and Churchill circumventing the Neutrality Acts may well have salvaged Western Civilization. Finally our entrance into the war rapidly ramped up production and brought an end to the Great Depression.

This series of talks is delivered by Berkshire Theatre Group’s, Vice President and enrichment lecturer, David L. Auerbach, on behalf of OLLI in the auditorium of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts and the amphitheater of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Age group: Adults.

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Bio/Resume:
Vice-President, Trustee and Enrichment Lecturer Berkshire Theatre Group

Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP, 1964-2010,
Sr. Counsel,  2010 to present
Education: Harvard College BA 1952
Harvard Law School LLD 1955
Adjunct Lecturer in History, Williams Collage,
Winter term  2009
Lecturer Harvard Club NYC, American History Club
2001 to Present
Lecturer B.I.L.L., OLLI 2001-2015
Lecturer, Florida Gulf Coast University ,
Renaissance Academy 2010-2015
Keynote Speaker D-Day Heisville, Normandy France
2010
Keynote Speaker Dutch-American Friendship Day
World Trade Center, Amsterdam Holland 2015

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