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Ours to Fight For Public Programming Events

Monday, January 10, 2011
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
Panel: On Being Jewish During WWII

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen
Film Screening: Biloxi Blues (1988)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen
Film Screening: The Ritchie Boys (2004)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Joe W. and D.D. Brown Special Exhibits Gallery
Meet the Curator: Lou Levine, Museum of Jewish Heritage

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen
Film Screening: Berga: Soldiers of Another War (2003)

Sunday, April 10, 2011
2:00 am – 3:30 pm
Missouri Room
Panel: Chaplains During War

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen
Film Screening: Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center
Lunchbox Lecture: Kimberly Guise presents "Holocaust Memorial Books"

Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War

November 11, 2010 – April 24, 2011

A traveling exhibit by the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Ours to Fight For invites visitors to explore and relive the experiences of Jewish men and women who joined the American war effort on and off the battlefield. The story is told almost exclusively in the first person, using quotations from the more than 400 interviews conducted by the Museum. It powerfully illustrates what it was like to serve as an American and a Jew in this greatest of human conflicts.

The voices of the soldiers and sailors, airmen and marines, WACs and WAVEs appear in seven videos, two audio programs, and dozens of written “labels” that narrate the exhibition and animate the artifacts, documents, military paraphernalia and images.

Among the more than 200 artifacts is a Jewish prayerbook of Staff Sgt. Jacob Eines who was hit by shrapnel but not fatally wounded because of the prayerbook in his breast pocket; the accordion Hermann Goering gave to the Jewish GI who interrogated him after his surrender; and a Torah scroll used by Chaplain Rabbi David Max Eichhorn at the first Jewish service conducted at Dachau after the camp was liberated (together with the film taken at that service).

Interactive stations at the end of the exhibit allow visitors to explore the experiences of other groups who served in the military during World War II, including African Americans, Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Soviet Jews.

 

Learn more about this traveling exhibit from the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

 

Images from Ours to Fight For



Major funding for this exhibition was generously provided by Jack and Susan Rudin and Family in memory of Lewis Rudin; by Irving Schneider in memory of his friend, Lewis Rudin; and by Irving and June Paler in memory of June's father, Duncan Robertson, who fought for justice in both world wars. Additional support for the exhibition website (www.ourstofightfor.org) was contributed by Verizon Foundation.

Local support for Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War is provided by Peter S. Kalikow, in dedication to his father, Harold J. Kalikow, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II.

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