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Released March 8, 2005

AUTHOR TO DISCUSS CONTRIBUTIONS OF JEWISH SOLDIERS IN
WORLD WAR II

Hattiesburg– The Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi will present guest lecturer Deborah Dash Moore at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Liberal Arts Building, Room 102. Moore, who is on a Jewish Literary Series tour of Southern states, will speak on her book, GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation. She offers an unprecedented view of the struggles that more than a half million GI Jews faced, having to battle not only the enemy, but also the prejudices of their fellow soldiers.

Through memoirs, oral histories and letters, Moore charts the lives of 15 young Jewish men as they embarked on military service and tried to make sense of its demands. GI Jews is a powerful, intimate portrayal of the costs of a conflict that was at once physical, emotional and spiritual, as well as its profound consequences for these hitherto overlooked members of the "greatest generation."

Admission is free and the lecture is also sponsored by the Congregation B'nai Israel and the Military Museum of Mississippi at Camp Shelby. For more information, call the Department of History at 266-4333.

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April 14, 2005 12:54 PM