Michigan Jewry during Depression And War
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
Theme image for the Allied Jewish Campaign, 1938
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
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.
[copyright] 2004 Michigan State University