Years: Michigan Jewry During Depression and War
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This exhibition explores the dilemmas of Michigan Jews during
Depression and WWII, at once increasingly at home in Michigan
and the US, yet anxious amidst depression and rising anti-Semitism
in the US, and the rise of Nazism, terror, and the war abroad.
Five themes include:
At Home in Michigan: at work, and within
Jews in the Mind of Michigan and America: present in popular
culture at the same time as discrimination, and anti-Semitism
Coming of War: as Nazi terror spread in Europe, Americans
grappled with their ability and responsibility
Jews in World War II: Michigan Jews contributed in many ways
after Pearl Harbor, when the US entered WWII
Immigrants, Refugees & Haven: as an immigrant nation, America's
response to the refugee crisis was limited and restricted
Uneasy Years is a collaboration of Congregation Shaarey Zedek
of East Lansing, Michigan State University Jewish Studies
Program, and Michigan State University Museum with the cooperation
of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. Co-curators
Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, Professor of History in James Madison
College and Director of Integrative Studies in the Arts and
Humanities, and Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich, Assistant Professor
of History and Jewish Studies, both of MSU lead the research
and developed the exhibit content and themes.
No current bookings. This exhibit is available.
This exhibition has been displayed at the following sites: Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, Macomb Community College, Clinton Twp, MI; and Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI.
fee (8-week period):
|| $800, plus shipping.
||Number of pieces:
||40 photographic/interpretive panels. Panels sized from 29"w x 25"h to 40"w x 30"h. Average size: 24"w x 30"h
||Running feet required:
|| 80 -100 linear feet
|| Lockable, limited access display area; fire protection according to local ordinances
||Additional materials available:
|| Lectures; interpreters guide; press materials.
This traveling exhibition was made possible with financial support from Congregation Shaarey Zedek of East Lansing, Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program, Michigan State University Museum, the Michigan Humanities Council, the Ben Teitle Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and private donors.
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