For Liberty: American Jewish Experience in WWI

12 June 2018 | Liz Robertson

Opening June 29, For Liberty: American Jewish Experience in WWI at the National World War One Museum and Memorial, Kansas examines American Jewish battlefield and home front participation through a series of remarkable stories and objects.

The exhibition features a letter from American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) leader Louis Marshall appealing to Jewish philanthropists like Julius Rosenwald to support the Ten Million Dollar Fund. Rosenwald was president of Sears, Roebuck & Company. A map tells the amounts pledged to the JDC for Jewish war sufferers, 1917. A poster shows a shipment of kosher meat being loaded onto the SS Ashburn in New York City, bound for Danzig, Poland, June 1919. There is a photograph of the Passover Seder for the American Expeditionary Forces, Paris, France, April 1919.

This exhibition aims to illustrate the promise, the trials and tribulations, and the lasting effects of World War I on the American Jewish population.

For Liberty: American Jewish Experience in WWI, originally exhibited as 1917: How One Year Changed the World is organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and the American Jewish Historical Society in New York and made possible in part by the National Endowment of the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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