NMAJH remembers lost Jewish WWII vets

Shara Dae Howard
May 09, 2018 - 8:08 pm
Ivy Barsky, CEO and Gwen Goodman director at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Shara Dae Howard | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While May 8 and 9 may seem like ordinary spring days, they are recognized by the United Nations as international days of remembrance.

Specifically, Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War.

Also during Jewish American Heritage Month, this time of remembrance is revered.

"The fact that they won is actually amazing," said Ivy Barsky, CEO and Gwen Goodman director at the National Museum of American Jewish History. "Imagine how different the world would be if, god forbid, that hadn't happened."

Barsky marvels the courage displayed by American soldiers during the war.

"The fact that the Allied forces were able to prevail against the Nazis and the Axis powers was an amazing feat," she added. "Now, we take it for granted, but it was really incredible — the bravery, courage and discipline."

The museum specifically honors Jewish Americans who showed great resilience during the war.

"We at the museum tell the story of the many, many Jews who fought for the United States, some of them who had to flee Germany and Europe and then went back to fight in their own homelands as Americans," said Barsky.