Museum Seeks Stories of Local Veterans During World War II

HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 26, 2010) – Holocaust Museum Houston is inviting all veterans, their families and friends to share stories and photos of veterans who served during World War II as part of a new exhibit “Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War.”

Ours to Fight For

The exhibition opens July 15, 2011 and examines and particularly celebrates the role of Jewish servicemen and women who labored on and off the battlefield during World War II and whose stories have long been overlooked due in part to the prevalence of a once widely held, though fallacious belief that Jews did not serve in the military.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 31, 2011 in Holocaust Museum Houston’s Mincberg Gallery in the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. The public is invited to a free preview reception at from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail exhibits@hmh.org.

“Ours to Fight For” is based on video testimony gathered from more than 400 oral histories with Jewish servicemen and women. Their moving words, animated through historic film footage, videotaped interviews and hundreds of photographs and objects, make it clear that the war had special meaning for American Jews. The exhibition also shows how Americans who didn’t serve in the military made valuable contributions to the war effort from their homes and workplaces in the United States.

As part of the exhibition, Holocaust Museum Houston is seeking photos and one-page descriptions of the service of local veterans during World War II.

For more information about submitting entries, contact the Changing Exhibits Department at Holocaust Museum Houston at 713-942-8000, ext. 400 or by e-mail to exhibits@hmh.org by April 29, 2011. Entries will be rotated on view during the course of the exhibition, and not all entries may be on view at any given time.

“Ours to Fight For” was curated and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust” in New York City.

Major funding for this exhibition has been generously provided by Jack and Susan Rudin and Family in memory of Lewis Rudin; by Irving Schneider in memory of his friend, Lewis Rudin; and by Irving and June Paler in memory of June's father, Duncan Robertson, who fought for justice in both World Wars.

Presentation of “Ours to Fight For” at Holocaust Museum Houston has been made possible by Frost, H-E-B, Marathon Oil Corporation and the Morgan Family Foundation. The exhibition is presented with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

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