In the mid 1930s, a gentleman by the name of Joe Roos moved from Chicago to the west coast to work first as a story editor and then as a publicist for the motion picture studios. But his background as a newspaperman drew him to the current events of the day: Like many, Roos was troubled by the rising tide of bigotry and antisemitism in the U.S. and abroad. He began working with the Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee, investigating the activities of the pro-Nazi German American Bund. Roos was instrumental in exposing local white supremacy groups and helping to alert the Los Angeles Jewish community and other concerned citizens to the growing Nazi threat. His belief in the power of community relations and interfaith connections was a key concept in the fight against the bigotry of the time. After World War II, Roos became executive director of the JCRC, a position he held until 1969. This black-and-white portrait was taken during his tenure, circa 1960. He served as a private consultant until the 1990s, and passed away in 1999, but his legacy remains. 8 x 10 in.