Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Reconnaissance and Recollection Military and Civilian Photographs from World War II

Spring 2004

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is proud to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Reconnaissance and Recollection, Military and Civilian Photographs from World War II on May 30, 2004. From his early days as a New York art teacher to the flack-filled skies over Europe, Sy Weinstein documented the American World War II experience through the lens of his camera, capturing the triumph and tragedy of the most influential event of the 20th Century. Sy Weinstein witnessed the war as few others, documenting the effects of war from 20,000 feet up. Drafted into the Army Air Force in 1942 at 22 years old, Weinstein contributed his photography skills to the war effort as an aerial reconnaissance photographer. From the mountains of Colorado's Lowery Field through France and Italy to the death camps at Dachau, Weinstein documented his travels with his camera; recording the heavy bombers and the damage they inflicted crisscrossing the skies over Europe. From the ground Weinstein captured the images of war at its most tragic; children playing in the wreckage of their recently destroyed school and mothers and wives searching through the crumbling remains of homes for cherished family artifacts. The gelatin-silver photographs reflect a broad cross section of Weinstein's military experience, notably including candid shots of airmen preparing and returning from bombing runs, affording a rare glimpse into the daily routine of bomber crews and their planes. Sy Weinstein will open the exhibit with a brief lecture on his experiences documenting the impact of World War II in Europe. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History, founded on September 2, 1958, has the mission: To maintain and conduct a national memorial and museum dedicated to and commemorating the service, heroism and sacrifice in the Armed Forces of the United States during the period of war by Americans of the Jewish faith; to gather…and exhibit the memorabilia… for the purpose of preserving the memories and records of patriotic service by men and women; to stimulate patriotism in the minds of all American.

 

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