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Stories of Jewish Americans
Since arriving in New Amsterdam (present day New York City) in 1654, the Jewish people have achieved great success, toiling tirelessly in strengthening the nation and in their commitments to faith and family. These stories are the ties that bind their heritage to the chord of American history.
This exhibition follows the Jewish experience from American settlement in 1654 to present day successes and challenges 350 years later. In telling the story of the diverse group of immigrants, the presentation examines their efforts in acclimating themselves to American society while asserting their right to be individuals.
Jews in America
The artifacts on display on this web site are drawn from the library, archival, and museum collections of the five partner organizations of the Center for Jewish History. They represent only a small sample of the resources that provide scholars and the public with the opportunity for in-depth exploration of the American Jewish experience and other topics in Jewish history.
An oral history project documenting the life experiences of Holocaust survivors from the end of World War II to the present time, this presentation documents the stories of six Holocaust survivors who emigrated to the U.S. and reveals the complexity of starting over.
In 1925, Florence Prag Kahn succeeded her late husband Julius in a San Francisco-based U.S. House seat, becoming the first Jewish woman to serve in Congress. Not content with the tradtional widow's role as a temporary placeholder, she would enjoy a 12-year congressional career of her own and blazed a trail for women seeking political office.
An American Journey
Featured in conjunction with the 2004 exhibition "From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America" this Library of Congress webcast tells the stories of Emma Lazarus, known as Lady Liberty's poet, and Irving Berlin, one of America's best loved composers.
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
Emile Berliner (1851-1929), a Jewish immigrant and a largely self-educated man, was responsible for the development of the microphone and the flat recording disc and gramophone player.
The Royal Court Preacher and the Hebrew Book
Menachem Schmelzer, former Senior Distinguished Scholar at the Library of Congress's John W. Kluge Center, examines the life of Christian theologian and scholar D.E. Jablonski, founder of the Hebrew press in Berlin in 1690, and his role in and influences on the Prussian court as part of this Library of Congress webcast.
Jewish Women's Issues: Experiences of Susan Weidman Schneider, editor-in-chief, Lilith magazine
This Library of Congress webcast features Susan Weidman Schneider, editor-in-chief of Lilith, discussing her experiences at the helm of the award-winning Jewish women's magazine.
Anti-Nazi protest, Chicago, Illinois (May 5, 1933)
This clip from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's film archives features footage from a Jewish anti-Nazi march in Chicago held at a time when anti-Jewish sentiment was climaxing in Germany.
US condemnation of Kristallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass" (1938)
During "Kristallnacht" or "Night of Broken Glass" the Nazis destroyed numerous Jewish-owned business and synagogues, killing Jews in the process. This clip from the film archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows scenes from a rally in New York City, where the U.S. government officially protested the violence.