Shouting for Justice
The Journey of a Jewish Journalist Across the Century of Hitler and Israel
This memoir of Herb Brin reveals a truly unique American life, the story of a courageous journalist, publisher, and poet, who was a tireless fighter, both for his people and for justice.
Born in 1915 to a poor Chicago family of immigrants from Poland and Russia, Herb became a gangland reporter in 1930s Chicago, served as an army reporter during World War II, then covered top stories for the Los Angeles Times, before starting Heritage Jewish press, a chain of community papers spanning Southern California.
As an investigative reporter, he first broke the story of the heroism of Oskar Schindler. Herb also covered the Eisenhower-Khrushchev summit, as well as the historic trials of Nazis Adolph Eichmann and Klaus Barbie, After a visit to Moscow, he first sounded the alarm about endangered Soviet Jews and was near Robert Kennedy the night he was shot.
Herb was a world renowned poet, publishing five books of poetry, several of them with forewords by Nobel prize winner Elie Weisel. His anecdotes are sure to amuse, amaze and inspire.
You can read the complete autobiography on this site, or purchase the ebook version:
- Preface, 1 - 4: Childhood; parents & grandparents; early career as a reporter in Chicago; infiltrating the Bund; Great Depression
- 5 - 8: Anti-Semitism in the U.S.; World War II; military journalism; post-Chicago crime beat; move to Glendale, CA; anti-"Communism" sting of the Glendale Democratic Club
- 9- 13: Los Angeles Times; Dewey-Truman election; Marilyn Monroe; saving a Stradivarius violin; Charlie Chaplin; discovery of the Holocaust; leaving the LA Times and starting the Heritage; covering the Eisenhower-Kruschev summit
- 14 - 18: Schindler's List; encounters with Aryan Nation and Posse Comatitus; the John Birch Society; Sen. Robert Kennedy's assassination; travels in Israel and Jordan; Bobby Briscoe; the Adolph Eichmann trial
- 19 - end: Jews in the Soviet Union; the Klaus Barbie trial; Alan Burg's murder; touring the Aryan Nations compound; covering Israel's 1967 Six-Day War and 1973 Yom Kippur War; writing of Where Are the Children?; pursuit of Andrija Artukovic; the Serbian-Croatian War; final poems