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Dershowitz Rebukes Louis Begley on Anti-Semitism

Vivia Chen

December 2, 2016

At one point during my recent Q&A with celebrated writer and retired Debevoise & Plimpton partner Louis Begley, I asked him about his experience with anti-Semitism during his career. He told me he didn't experience any, and expressed frustration that I was pressing the topic. In that context, I brought up Alan Dershowitz and the famous law professor's alleged difficulty in getting jobs with Wall Street firms in the early 1960s. [See also: Alan Dershowit'z Goes Back to Brooklyn (video)]

Reacting to my conversation with Begley, Dershowitz sent us the following letter:

Dershletter

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