I am a civil rights lawyer in Boston. A few years ago I represented two Saudi detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. I returned from Guantanamo and told tales about the camp to my father, who as a Jewish GI had spent a year in a German prisoner of war camp. After a full minute of silence my father whispered, “We’re treating their boys worse than the Nazis treated me.” I wondered how deeply evil lurks in the American soul. What would it would take for America to turn on her Jewish citizens, as had happened historically in Spain, in England, in France, in Germany. A novel, THE RELUCTANT TERRORIST, resulted.Could the Holocaust happen in America?
In THE RELUCTANT TERRORIST I propose a scenario in which Israel is destroyed by a nuclear bomb, perhaps from Iran or perhaps just a lone terrorist. America closes its doors to Jewish refugees. Step by step American Jews are forced to decide whether their allegiance lies with their homeland or their fellow Jews. As some people resort to terrorism in efforts to save their fellow Jews, the government imposes increasingly severe restrictions on American Jews. Could it happen? Probably not, but just perhaps. That is the nightmare.
HARVEY A. SCHWARTZ
(of counsel to Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, LLP)
Harvey A. Schwartz is one of the state’s top civil rights and employment attorneys. Mr. Schwartz has litigated and argued several of the leading employment discrimination and civil rights cases of the past two decades, from the Massachusetts trial courts to the United States Supreme Court. He is a frequent speaker and author on employment law issues.
Mr. Schwartz received the Wilbur Knight McNair Award in 2002 from the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts in recognition for his life-long contribution to civil rights and civil liberties. In 2007 he received the President’s Award from the Boston Bar Association in recognition for his representation of two Saudi detainees at Guantanamo Bay. I