Screening then presentation by Daughter of James B. Donovan, who is portrayed by Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies. Tickets $10 or $18 for reserved seating. Signed copies of Donovan’s memoir Strangers on a Bridge, will be available for sale.
Sponsored by Charleston Jewish Federation, Bookfest, and JCC WOW
Proceeds to Charleston Jewish Federation
"I lived history each day because of my dad. He taught me to fight the good fight no matter the outcome. He loved his country, believed in the importance of public service, and used the art of negotiation as his weapon of choice. He felt that a person simply wants to be respectfully heard, and that it is only when you listen well that you can reach the most just results. History taught him that, and we could stand to use this weapon today.
A lawyer or the average person must defend the rights of a person’s beliefs even when they do not agree with them. They should talk it out with aggressors and meet with them to find out what they truly want. Such action dissipates intractable positions rather quickly. Jim Donovan loved the lines of a 13th century Persian poet: “Out beyond ideas of wrong doings and right doings, there is a field. I will meet you there.”'
- Mary Ellen Fuller, the daughter of Cold War attorney and negotiator James B. Donovan, whose role in the trial and exchange of spies is the subject of the Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies