CPL Herbert Blum: Hitler as the Modern Haman

Corporal Herbert Blum sent this Purim card (issued by the Jewish Welfare Board) home to his parents in Jersey City. Blum worked for the Army Air Forces as a cryptographic technician during WWII. He served in Europe with the 327th Signal Company, 8th Air Force in 1944 and 1945. His eloquent and poignant words: “Dear Folks, History repeats Read more about CPL Herbert Blum: Hitler as the Modern Haman[…]

April 2nd, 1:00 pm – Frank Lavin – Home Front to Battlefront

Frank Lavin, author of Home Front to Battlefront will join us to discuss the World War II experiences of Carl Lavin. Carl Lavin was a high school senior in Canton, Ohio, when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In his freshman year of college, he joined the reserves, a decision that would take him with the US Read more about April 2nd, 1:00 pm – Frank Lavin – Home Front to Battlefront[…]

February 18th, 10:45am – True Honor Film Preview

Join us at 10:45 am at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport for a preview screening of the in-progress documentary True Honor. True Honor presents the incredible and inspiring stories of 17 American Jewish heroes who received the Nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. This includes the story of Tibor Rubin, a Holocaust Read more about February 18th, 10:45am – True Honor Film Preview[…]

Nazi Propaganda in the Hands of American Jewish Soldiers

Nazis were masters of propaganda. Much of it was designed to enforce their anti-Jewish ideology. The ideas expressed in the propaganda materials were appalling and frightening when spread by the Third Reich. However, the significance and meaning of these materials changed when acquired by new hands, specifcally by Jewish hands. This folding leaflet disguised as an Read more about Nazi Propaganda in the Hands of American Jewish Soldiers[…]

Major David Salisbury Franks and the Founding Fathers in the American Revolution

David Salisbury Franks had perhaps the most fascinating career of any Jewish American who fought in the American Revolution. Franks was an associate of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and most significantly, Benedict Arnold. Franks had a close association with the most notorious traitor in American history. This caused a serious blow to his Read more about Major David Salisbury Franks and the Founding Fathers in the American Revolution[…]

A Prayer for Veterans Day

For those planning services on Veterans Day we offer a prayer for veterans, drafted by National Museum of American Jewish Military Chaplain Michael Bloom: Give thanks to the Eternal, for God is good, His mercy endures forever. Avinu Shebashamayim – O Sovereign of the universe, bless our nation, The United States of America. Safeguard it and Read more about A Prayer for Veterans Day[…]

Support veterans on Veterans Day at the Museum

Join us at the museum between 1 – 5 pm on November 11th to put together care packages for hospitalized veterans. What to bring: Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, sample size cans of shaving cream, deodorants/antiperspirants, etc..) Socks (must be NEW packaged), slippers (store bought non-skid only), underwear (must be NEW packaged) Games, puzzles (complete Read more about Support veterans on Veterans Day at the Museum[…]

Rosh Hashanah in Charleroi, Belgium, 1944

For Jewish service members at war, High Holiday services provided a respite from war. The familiar ceremonies offered a refuge and the connection with the Jewish community in the military a needed boost to morale. These were often powerful experiences. This was especially true during World War II when these service includes the European Jewish civilians who had Read more about Rosh Hashanah in Charleroi, Belgium, 1944[…]

Wartime Basketball with Doug Stark – September 18th

Douglas Stark is the author of Wartime Baskeball: The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II  and The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball’s Greatest Jewish Team. He’ll join us at 1:00 to discuss basketball in World War II including the role of Jews in the American military like Red Auerbach and Read more about Wartime Basketball with Doug Stark – September 18th[…]

Friendship stronger than bullets and bombs: the message of Cpl Roger Briskin

The Purple Heart medal awarded posthumously to Corporal Roger Briskin is on display in the core exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Briskin died as a member of the 3rd Marine Division on March 31, 1967 in Quảng Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam. He was leading his squad on an operation near Read more about Friendship stronger than bullets and bombs: the message of Cpl Roger Briskin[…]