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Show Notes: The Bombing of the Atlanta Temple

Tracy Wilson

The Temple, Atlanta, Georgia Photo by dbking/Licensed by Creative Commons CC-BY 2.0. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
The Temple, Atlanta, Georgia Photo by dbking/Licensed by Creative Commons CC-BY 2.0. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

On October 12, 1958, Atlanta's Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple, known locally as The Temple, was bombed by white supremacists. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the explosion, which was part of a string of bombings and attempted bombings by the same group. Although the incident itself is rooted in antisemitism and bigotry, the community's response became a symbol of hope.

Episode link: Bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple

Holly's research:

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