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Gene Fax – How World War I Transformed the American Jewish Community

November 4 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Before World War I, most Americans saw Jews as an alien population.  Gene Fax’s talk describes the Jewish transformation from “immigrants” to “Americans”, showing how America’s participation in World War I led to Jews being integrated into American life, becoming one of the many co-equal ethnic and religious groups. It also explains how the War began the destruction of Eastern European Jewry decades before the Holocaust.

Gene FaxGene Fax has researched the Jewish experience in World War I extensively. His book With Their Bare Hands was inspired by his grandfather, who fought in the war.  He combed through the archives and found the very trench where his grandfather stood in 1918. You can With Their Bare Hands - Gene Faxlearn more at genefaxauthor.com.




Spotlight Talk 
following main program
Harry Penn – My Childhood in Wartime Lithuania

Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

Pre-lecture: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Poland SIG

Post-lecture (approx. 3:30 pm)
Bessarabia, Litvak and Sephardi SIGs

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.


November 4
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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at Cong. Beth El
561 Ward Street
Newton Centre, MA United States
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