Holocaust Museum LA presents a virtual talk with author Leslie K. Barry about her celebrated book, “Newark Minutemen,” Thursday, March 4, at 4 p.m.
Hailed as “a roller coaster ride of revenge and avenge—'Inglorious Bastards,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Titanic’ all rolled into one”—“Newark Minutemen” is based on the captivating true story of Barry’s uncle, Harry Levine. It centers on Yael Newman, a Jewish boxer who goes undercover for the mob and FBI to fight fascism in New Jersey during the Great Depression. His mission takes place as a substantial portion of the American public was pushing neutrality while Hitler consolidated power in Europe. In this chaotic time, Yael joins the Newark Minutemen, a band of other Jewish boxers who rose up to fight a Nazi shadow party that was emerging in the United States.
“Newark Minutemen” has been optioned for the screen by James Corden’s company Fullwell 73.
Barry is a screenwriter, author and executive producer who has worked at Turner Broadcasting, Hasbro/Parker Brothers, Mattel, Mindscape Video Games, Lotus and AOL. “Newark Minutemen” is her first novel.
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