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Lost Heroes of WWII – We Will Not Forget with Shalom E. Lamm
October 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Most people don’t know that hundreds of Jewish-American general issue soldiers killed-in-action in WWII were mistakenly buried under Latin Crosses. And there they have remained for 75 years. Until now.
The mission of Operation Benjamin is to identify Jewish soldiers at American military cemeteries all over the world who were mistakenly buried under Latin Crosses and replace the headstones with a Star of David. This allows for accurate and just recognition of the soldier’s identity, provides comfort to the families of the fallen and enables the millions of visitors to the American military cemeteries to visually understand and appreciate the shared Jewish sacrifice in the causes of democracy and freedom.
In this lecture, we’ll explore how Operation Benjamin accomplishes its complex tasks and some of the fascinating stories that have emerged as a result of their activities.
About Shalom Lamm:
After a career in the private sector, Lamm co-founded and became the CEO of Operation Benjamin.
He served for years as a member of the board of directors at Yeshiva College and was president of Camp Morasha for nine years. Lamm was a member of the board of directors of The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), and was one of the founders of the Hatzoloh Medical Rescue squad on the west side of Manhattan. While in Soviet Ukraine in 1991, he launched the Kans for Kiev program, which collected and shipped tens of thousands of cans of food to the nutrition challenged Jewish community of Kiev. Lamm and his wife, Tina, sponsored and mentored many dozens of college students from the FSU following the fall of the Soviet Union.
Lamm is a graduate of Yeshiva University (with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy) and the American Military University (master’s degree with honors, U.S. military history). He has published essays and lectured on a wide range of topics including educational public policy, the U.S. Civil War, and warfare policy in the Journal of International Security. He has been an on-air historian in two full-length video productions about Jews in the Civil War which. have appeared on the Public Broadcasting Service multiple times.
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