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"What My Grandparents' Experience in the Holocaust Taught Me about the First Amendment"

A Cato panel with Judge David Stras (8th Cir.), with some comments from me (on the other side of the Operation Barbarossa front line).


From the Cato description:

Freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion are at the heart of liberty. For hundreds of years, people have flocked to the United States to escape religious persecution and censorship. Judge David Stras joins us for a special address, reflecting on how his grandparents' harrowing experiences during the Holocaust shaped his own beliefs on these precious First Amendment freedoms. Following his address, we will be joined by nationally renowned First Amendment expert Eugene Volokh, himself an immigrant, to discuss these issues as well as the recent rise in anti‐​Semitism in the United States. We hope you will join us for this timely discussion and look forward to your engaging questions.

You can watch the video here.