Exhibition Will Look at Jews and the Civil War

In his March 11 column “What the Civil War Meant to American Jews,” Jonathan Sarna argues correctly for the war’s significance to the Jewish community. He is right to bemoan the fact that Jewish organizations today have largely foregone the opportunity presented by the war’s sesquicentennial to commemorate its historic impact on Jewish life.

However, Sarna may not be aware that in 2012 the American Jewish Historical Society and the Yeshiva University Museum will mount a major New York exhibition on “Jews in the Civil War” to mark the 150th anniversary of General Grant’s Order #11 expelling Jews from the battlefield territories.

AJHS is proud to be continuing the work of Bertram Korn, who is cited by Sarna with reference to the 1961 exhibition “The American Jew in the Civil War” at the Jewish Museum. Korn, who was a driving force behind that landmark exhibition, was at the time AJHS’s president.

Exhibition Will Look at Jews and the Civil War

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Exhibition Will Look at Jews and the Civil War

Thank you!

This article has been sent!