This program shares stories surrounding some of the individuals included in the Southern Alberta Jewish Veterans of World War I & II Database. In her research for this database, Kerr found documents and anecdotes revealing the diversity of our veterans — rural and urban backgrounds, recent immigrants and Canadian-born, advanced degree holders and grade-school only — with a range of experiences that is at once unique to each individual, and fundamentally universal. This illustrated talk for JCC Chicago builds on a previous presentation given in Calgary, Alberta, adding tales of some of the Americans who fought in the Canadian Armed Forces, and some of the Canadians who served with the United States military.
Monday, April 19
3pm EST | 2pm CST | Noon PST
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Roberta Kerr has been a contract archivist and independent researcher for over 15 years. Before taking on her current role as Archivist at Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta, she worked for a wide range of public and private archives and organizations, with a particular interest in the history of rural and cultural communities. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University.