28 2019

Sam and Charlie Go to War: Letters Home from Jewish Immigrant Soldiers

7:00PM - 10:00PM  

Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale 80 Wall St
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-1134

Contact Donna Standard
(203) 432-1135

Slifka Center's Annual Friedlaender-Krohner Lecture, featuring Patricia Klindienst, Independent Scholar.

7:00 PM Lecture, followed by dessert reception at Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale

"Sam and Charlie Go to War" commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I with a richly illustrated talk based on letters home from the war written by Sam Yurik and Charlie Nemeroff, Russian Jews who'd immigrated to America so recently that neither had completed the naturalization process. Good friends who worked together in a cap factory in Brooklyn, each wrote home to a pair of sisters who had worked beside them. Now translated into English and placed in historical context, Sam and Charlie's letters to Lina and Mali Chilemsky offer a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of two self-taught men who did not believe in war but were compelled to fight or be deported. From Sam's account of his first days in training camp to Charlie's description of the last days of the war in France, these intimate letters offer us a perspective on the war rarety found in history or literature.

Please RSVP to donna.standard@yale.edu or (203) 432-1135.


Sponsor: Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale

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