Fanny FligelmanBrin

Fanny Fligelman Brin used her position as president of the National Council of Jewish Women to mobilize support for international peace efforts throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Brin taught school from 1906, when she graduated the University of Minnesota, until her marriage in 1913, when she began volunteer work through various women’s clubs and organizations. In 1921 she directed world disarmament protest activities in Minneapolis, and by 1924 she was both president of the local section of NCJW and chair of its national subcommittee on peace. During her tenure as national president of NCJW from 1932–1938, she changed the organization’s focus from social service to peace activism. Through NCJW she also became involved with the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War, serving on their executive board for fifteen years and mobilizing public opinion for world disarmament in 1931. In 1945 she was selected as the alternate consultant on the US delegation to the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. She also helped found the World Affairs Council and Center at the University of Minnesota.

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Educator and founder of the World Affairs Council and Center at the University of Minnesota, Fanny Fligelman Brin (1884–1961).

Image courtesy of the University of Minnesota Alumnae Association via The Washington Nuclear Museum and Education Center.

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