National Archives celebrates Jewish heritage


National Archives will celebrate its first Jewish American Heritage Month in
May with films, lectures and discussions. The celebration is the first
since President Bush signed into law the 2005 initiative by Rep. Debbie
Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.).

Movies include “An American Tail,” the animated story
of the Mousekewitzes’ adventures in their new home, New York, and “The Rape of
Europa,” a documentary about art theft, destruction and survival during World
War II.

Peter Ascoli will discuss his grandfather, Julius Rosenwald, the son
of German-Jewish immigrants who became president and CEO of Sears, Roebuck &
Co. Rosenwald spearheaded such philanthropic projects as building thousands of schools
for black children in the South and sending $1 million in aid to
Jewish victims of World War I. Walter Isaacson also will discuss
his latest book, “Einstein: His Life and Universe.”

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