April 22, 2010 Veterans History Project and Hebrew Language Table Explore American Jewish Service in World War II
Contact: Jeffrey Lofton (202) 707-6432; Gail Shirazi (202) 707-9897
Liaison Specialist Jason Steinhauer of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project will present a lecture and discussion on the contributions, impact and legacy of American Jewish service during World War II on Monday, May 3, at noon in the West Dining Room of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.
Cosponsored by VHP and the Hebrew Language Table, the program is part of the Library’s plans to commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month.
“More than 550,000 American Jewish soldiers served during World War II, and they received 52,000 decorations for gallantry,” said Bob Patrick, VHP director. “Their contribution to Allied victory was enormous; their military service, transformative for an entire generation.”
The lecture and discussion draws on collections from the Veterans History Project and Steinhauer’s work as assistant curator on the award-winning exhibition “Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. The exhibition received the American Association of Museums’ Grand Prize for Excellence in Exhibitions for 2003.
The Veterans History Project houses the remarkable stories of hundreds of American Jewish war veterans. First-person accounts of veterans of the Second World War are spotlighted in one of the project’s Experiencing War web features, titled “Jewish Veterans of World War II.” These one-of-a-kind stories are available online at www.loc.gov/vets/.
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