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The Last Jewish Gangster

  • The history of the Mob and the history of Jews in America are intertwined, and it’s a history that Myron Sugerman, author of The Chronicles of the Last Jewish Gangster: From Meyer to Myron , traces from the earliest days of the Mafia to the present day.

    Sugerman tells the Mob story from a Jewish viewpoint, with stories gleaned from his firsthand experiences and family connections with some of the most infamous mobsters.

    Sugerman will discuss:

    • How the Mob fought the American Nazi Party in the 1930s.

    • How they provided vigilance on the piers of New York during World War II and their cooperation with the U.S. Department of Navy Intelligence.

    • How they secured arms for Palestine in violation of the Neutrality Act.

    • How the Italians and Irish Union members on the piers of New York cooperated to send arms to Palestine.

    Monday, October 15
    7:30 pm
    Chabad Jewish Center, 2270 Griffin Road, Lakeland

    Lecture: $15

    Sponsor: $100 (includes two tickets and one signed book) 

    Light refreshments will be served.
    Book signing following lecture. Books will be available for purchase.

    Myron Sugerman was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1938, and at the age of twenty-one he followed his father’s footsteps into the family business, coin-operated amusements. Like his father, Barney "Sugie" Sugerman, Myron sold and operated slot machines, jukeboxes, cigarette machines, and anything else that accepted coins and entertained people in bars, nightclubs, and other hangouts around the world. This vocation took him all over the world’s six habitable continents.

    For well over half a century, Myron did business with some of the most dangerous characters known to the public, including top-ranking members of the Genovese and Gambino crime families, La Corporación, the Yakuza, and the Cali Cartel, among others.

    Today he lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife Clara. He is semi-retired, but sought after for his counsel by the up-and-coming generation of the gambling machine business, to whom he is known as the "chief rabbi." He has three sons and eight grandchildren.

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