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“KAISERTREU” BRINGS DC-AREA ORGANIZATIONS TOGETHER

The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA, the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington came together on Thursday, October 6th for a discussion surrounding the German-Jewish past. Speakers John Friedman and Oliver Moss traced through documents, family stories, and personal research the lives of their grandfathers, decorated WWI veterans of the Kaiser’s army and survivors of the Holocaust. Lt. Col. Sheldon Goldberg, PhD of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History moderated, and GAHF 1st Vice President Ron Kosmahl made introductory remarks. Lt. Col. Goldberg poignantly summarized the history of Jewish military participation in the German states and the Kaiserreich, beginning with the first soldiers in the early 19th century and concluding with the 100,000 patriotic Germans of Jewish faith who enthusiastically joined the Kaiser’s army on the eve of World War I. Mr. Friedman and Mr. Moss then proceeded to relay their grandfathers’ stories as decorated German veterans and later as refugees; to describe their personal journeys with this history; and finally speak about restitution and their acquisition of German citizenship decades later. The event was followed by a lively question-and-answer session and reception.