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Timeless Leadership Lessons From Alvin Johnson, His Stand Against The Nazis, And Decisiveness Under Pressure

We’re obsessed with the future. In a world of constant stimulation, it’s hard to imagine doing anything but face forward. Our environment demands it. But sometimes it can be helpful to catch your breath, and reflect on the accomplishments of those who came before us. The circumstances may be different, but the lessons remain the same.



Take the case of Alvin Johnson, the former Director of The New School and editor of The New Republic. Johnson built his way from the small farm town of Homer, Nebraska, to the forefront of New York City's Intellectual scene. It was there that he founded the University in Exile, and facilitated the rescue of nearly 180 European academics and their families as they fled Nazi persecution--at a time when nobody else wanted them.

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