Veterans History Project and Hebrew Language Table Explore American Jewish Service in World War II

Liaison Specialist (and NYU APH alum) Jason Steinhauer of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project will present a lecture and discussion on the contributions, impact and legacy of American Jewish service during World War II on Monday, May 3, at noon in the West Dining Room of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

Cosponsored by VHP and the Hebrew Language Table, the program is part of the Library’s plans to commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month.

“More than 550,000 American Jewish soldiers served during World War II, and they received 52,000 decorations for gallantry,” said Bob Patrick, VHP director. “Their contribution to Allied victory was enormous; their military service, transformative for an entire generation.”

The lecture and discussion draws on collections from the Veterans History Project and Steinhauer’s work as assistant curator on the award-winning exhibition Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. The exhibition received the American Association of Museums’ Grand Prize for Excellence in Exhibitions for 2003.

The Veterans History Project houses the remarkable stories of hundreds of American Jewish war veterans. First-person accounts of veterans of the Second World War are spotlighted in one of the project’s Experiencing War web features, titled “Jewish Veterans of World War II.”

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website, and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

Congress created The Veterans History Project in 2000 as a national documentation program of the American Folklife Center to record, preserve and make accessible the first-hand remembrances of American wartime veterans from World War I through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. More than 68,000 individual stories comprise the collection to date. The project relies on volunteers to record veterans’ remembrances using guidelines accessible at www.loc.gov/vets/. Volunteer interviewers may request information at vohp@loc.gov or the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to the VHP RSS to receive periodic updates of VHP news.

About Jason Steinhauer

Jason Steinhauer is a proud graduate of the NYU History Department's joint Masters in History and Archivist's Certificate program, now the Archives/ Public History Program.

In December 2009, Jason joined the Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress as a Liaison Specialist. The Congressionally mandated project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans.  To learn more about the collections, visit the Veterans History Project homepage.

Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Jason worked in the New York museum and archives world for nearly eight years. He began his career as an assistant curator at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, then started his own independent museum and archives consulting practice. Past projects include the award-winning exhibition  "Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War" (Museum of Jewish Heritage); the critically-acclaimed exhibition "Lincoln and New York" (New-York Historical Society); and archival projects for the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, Yeshiva University, and Museo Judio de Sosua in Sosua, Dominican Republic.  He has delivered many lectures at conferences and meetings in connection with his work, and has been interviewed for several publications and media outlets.

Outside of his public history work, Jason fronts the indie rock band Studio E. The band's debut CD is available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon.

He is originally from White Plains, New York, and received a B.A. in American Studies from The George Washington University. More information can be found on Jason's Personal Website.


 

 

 

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