Events in March–May 2017
- Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II - Frank Lavin
Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II - Frank Lavin
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 Army from training across the United States and Britain to combat with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Home Front to Battlefront is the tale of a foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home—all in the same day. The book is based on Carl’s personal letters, his recollections, and those of the people he served beside, official military history, private papers, and more.
Home Front to Battlefront contributes the rich details of one soldier’s experience to the broader literature on World War II. Lavin’s adventures, in turn disarming and sobering, will appeal to general readers, veterans, educators, and students of the war. As a history, the book offers insight into the wartime career of a Jewish Ohioan in the military, from enlistment to training through overseas deployment. As a biography, it reflects the emotions and the role of the individual in a total war effort that is all too often thought of as a machine war in which human soldiers were merely interchangeable cogs.
- Jewish Life in the Military and the D.C. Homefront during World War I
Jewish Life in the Military and the D.C. Homefront during World War I
In partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, tour our exhibitions and hear from historian Dr. Sheldon Goldberg on Jews in the military during the First World War. Followed by a presentation by JHS curator Christiane Bauer, who will share treasures from the JHS collection related to the involvement of Jewish Washingtonians in "The Great War."
Suggested $10 per person donation.
- Annual Memorial Day Shabbat Services at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
Annual Memorial Day Shabbat Services at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. and 6th & I Historic Synagogue will hold the Annual National Shabbat Service honoring the Jewish Fallen Heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan. On this Memorial Day weekend, and hopefully countless Memorial Day weekends thereafter, we are also asking all of the synagogues throughout our nation and all Jewish organizations to read the names of these Fallen Heroes in memorial.