ONLINE“The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams”: A Conversation With Jonathan Ned Katz

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Eve Adams in Paris, 1934 (Photo: Jonathan Ned Katz/Chicago Review Press)

Acclaimed historian Jonathan Ned Katz has recovered the extraordinary story of Eve Adams, an early, daring activist. Born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, Adams emigrated to the U.S. in 1912. Adams took a new name, befriended anarchists, sold radical publications and ran lesbian- and gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York. In 1925, Adams risked all to write and publish a book titled “Lesbian Love.”

Adams’s association with notorious anarchists caught the attention of J. Edgar Hoover and the U.S. Bureau of Investigation, leading to her surveillance and arrest. Adams was convicted of publishing an obscene book and of attempted sex with a policewoman sent to entrap her. Adams was jailed and then deported back to Europe and experienced the Nazis’ reign of terror.

In “The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams,” Katz has recovered the extraordinary story of an early, daring activist. Drawing on startling evidence, carefully distinguishing fact from fiction, Katz presents the first biography of Adams, and the publisher reprints the long-lost text of Adams’s rare, unique book “Lesbian Love.”

This event is sponsored by the Center for Jewish History.

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