Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America


Summer 2003

Timely and Powerful Exhibit is a "Time Capsule" Documenting a Life Cut Short By War, and a Family's Never-ending Sense of Loss. Washington, DC -- The National Museum of American Jewish Military History and the Jewish War Veterans of the USA today announce the opening of a new and timely exhibit of the treasured personal artifacts, letters and photos of a nineteen year-old American soldier killed in action during World War II. The materials provide insight into the enormous sacrifices of a young man during wartime, the tragedy of a life interrupted and the depth of a family's loss. "This is the most powerful and personal exhibit ever developed by the National Museum of American Jewish Military History," said Ed Goldwasser, the museum's President. "We are proud to offer Americans - young and old, veteran and non-veteran - a firsthand look at what made an ordinary life an extraordinary loss for a family. Sixty years do not dim the sense of tragedy." The exhibit, designed by Collections manager and Archivist Thomas Wildenberg and Museum Volunteer Ginny Mahoney, focuses on the short life of a 19-year old U.S. Army Private from Kearny, New Jersey, Sanford L. Kahn. Private Kahn was killed in action in Normandy, France on July 11, 1944. His brutal combat death occurred just two days after he wrote a poignant letter to loved ones saying, "Don't worry about me, I am alright and I am sure God will protect me." The exhibit is a time capsule showcasing the family ties, milestones and dreams that connect America in the 20s, 30s and 40s with America today. In all, 16 million served in the armed forces during World War II. In the nearly 60 years since the war ended, millions more American men and women have answered their country's call. "A Mother's Grief tells the true story of an American family. The Kahns so cherished their son and so missed him that they preserved the items that tell the story of his life, including his birth announcement, family photos, class pictures, elementary school certificates, baseball glove, high school diploma, souvenirs, his personal effects and, of course, letters home," said Florence Levine, Past President of the museum. "We're thankful to have these artifacts and to be able offer museum visitors a look at the past that is so relevant today." A Mother's Grief opens on March 10, 2003 at the museum, located at 1811 R Street, NW, Washington, DC (near the Du Pont Circle Metro Station). The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, under the auspices of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, documents and preserves the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States, educates the public about the courage, heroism and sacrifices made by Jewish Americans who served in the armed forces, and combats anti-Semitism.


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