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Uneasy Years: Michigan Jewry during Depression And War

Image of Theme image for the Allied Jewish Campaign, 1938
Theme image for the Allied Jewish Campaign, 1938

After the era of immigration, Jews became increasingly at home in Michigan. And yet, as the Depression blocked mobility for all Americans and Nazism rose in Europe, persecution and anti-Semitism grew in the United States as well. Uneasy Years: Michigan Jewry During Depression and War shows how Michigan's Jewish community responded to events with a growing sense of unease and, in particular, responded worriedly and actively to the rising Nazi threat.

This online-exhibit contains part of a growing collection of evidence regarding the lives and activities of Michigan Jews during the years of Nazi domination in Germany and Europe. Michigan's Jews did not avoid the challenges raised by Nazism and anti-Semitism, but engaged with several issues and took action themselves. That action ranged from increased aid to Jews facing persecution abroad to personal efforts to bring refugees to the U.S. to active support for Roosevelt's call to arms and extensive participation in the war effort.

Uneasy Years is divided into sections. You may move directly to those that interest you, or move through them in order. Each section of the exhibit contains interactive discussion boards and other ways to provide feedback or new material.
If you would like to engage in conversation about the exhibit or offer feedback to the faculty curators, click on these addresses:


A joint project of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Lansing, the Michigan State University Exhibit Museum, and the Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University.
Faculty leads/curators: Kenneth Waltzer and Kirsten Fermaglich.
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