May is Jewish American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.
Roman Totenberg's career as a world-renowned virtuoso violinist and revered teacher spanned nine decades and four continents. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States, where he went to extraordinary lengths to aid family and friends trapped in Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. His extraordinary life is documented in thousands of pages of music, correspondence, photographs, programs, videos and other materials now in the Library of Congress.
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Image Credit: [Detail of] Roman Totenberg. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200216519/
The National Archives and Records Administration is proud to observe Jewish American Heritage Month and to recognize Jewish contributions to American culture, history, military, science, government, and more. (National Archives)
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Image Credit: A portrait of Albert Einstein by Elin Waite. (National Archives Identifier 6343429)
American Archive of Public Broadcasting's Jewish American Heritage Collection
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and GBH. The AAPB's Jewish American Heritage Collection provides nearly 400 public television and radio programs from 1945 to 2017 that are available online and focus on social, cultural and religious aspects of Jewish life in America.
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Image Credit: Image courtesy of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.
The National Register of Historic Places showcases historic properties listed in the National Register and National Park units that commemorate the events and people that help illustrate Jewish Americans' contributions to American history. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. It is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. (National Park Service)
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Image credit: Historic American Buildings Survey. Beth Sholom Synagogue, Old York & Foxcroft Roads, Elkins Pk, Montgomery County, PA. 1933. (Library of Congress).
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Image Credit: Jewish refugee children, enroute to Philadelphia aboard liner President Harding, waving at the Statue of Liberty (Library of Congress)