Eve Adams was a rebel. Born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912. She took a new name, befriended anarchists, sold radical publications, and ran lesbian and-gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and Greenwich Village, New York.
Then, in 1925, Adams risked it all to write and publish a book titled Lesbian Love. In a repressive era, when American women had just gained the right to vote, Adams’s association with notorious anarchists caught the attention of the young J. Edgar Hoover and the U.S. Bureau of Investigation, leading to her surveillance, arrest, and ultimate deportation back to Poland, where she was murdered by the Nazis.
In The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, historian Jonathan Ned Katz has recovered the extraordinary story of Adams. Join the Museum, the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society, and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project for a program exploring Adams’ life and legacy with Katz and other speakers.
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