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May is Jewish American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.
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Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012
This exhibit illustrates America’s hospitality to cultures as well as to people, a welcome that is reflected in the rich collections of the Library of Congress. The Hebraic Section houses close to 200,000 works in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Persian, Judeo-Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac, and Amharic.
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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s new exhibit, Shop Life, invites visitors to explore commerce in lower Manhattan through the history of a single building. The exhibit chronicles the different uses of a commercial space located at 97 Orchard Street from 1863 to 1988. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
More information about the exhibition (external link)
Images on Flickr
A new set containing photos and documents from the National Archives that relate to Jewish American Heritage Month on the Flickr photo sharing site.
Jewish Veterans of World War II
Fighting Nazi Germany took on special significance for one group of U.S. servicemen in the European Theater. Even those Jewish soldiers and sailors who were serving elsewhere in World War II understood that defeating the Axis would be a defeat for blind hatred of any ethnic group or nationality.
2013 Event Highlights
- Throughout the Month of May
First Person: Conversations with Holocaust Survivors
This program enables visitors to hear Holocaust survivors tell their life stories in their own words, uniting personal experience with history in a way that is extraordinary in its immediacy and power.
(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Janice Rothschild Blumberg will discuss her new book, Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi "Alphabet" Browne: 1845-1929.
(Library of Congress)
A Conversation with Gerda Weissmann Klein
Screening of the Academy Award–winning HBO documentary, One Survivor Remembers, followed by a discussion with the celebrated author, 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and
Filmmaker Aviva Kempner will talk and show film clips from her new special DVD edition of "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg."
(Library of Congress)
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