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News Release

For Immediate Release
August 27, 2008
Contact: David Magidson
(202) 265-6280 ext. 504

Dr. Louis Maier

Dr. Louis Maier, author of From the Golden Gate to the Black Forest: The Odyssey of A New American in Search of His Parents' Fate.
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National Museum of American Jewish Military History Presents
A Lecture by Dr. Louis Maier, Author of From the Golden Gate to the Black Forest
November 9, 2008 – Lecture at 1 PM with Reception and Tour to Follow

In remembrance of Kristallnacht, on Sunday, November 9, 2008, the NMAJMH will host a lecture by Dr. Louis Maier, author of From the Golden Gate to the Black Forest and In Lieu of Flowers. Dr. Maier will speak on his escape from Germany and his experiences during World War II.

Dr. Maier escaped from Germany in 1940 after the fall of France and reached the United States in September of that year, traveling across Russia, Manchuko, Korea and Japan, landing in San Francisco. Drafted in June 1943, he served with the 3rd U.S. Army in the European theater of war as an infantry rifleman and later with the counterintelligence detachment of the 89th Infantry Division to serve as an interpreter. After the war he worked with the Joint Distribution Committee and as a chaplain's assistant in Linz, Austria. He assisted Jewish survivors in the displaced person camps in Upper Austria. Throughout his army service and beyond, he searched for the fate of his parents who had been deported from Germany to France one month after he had arrived in San Francisco and later, in August 1942, deported again “to the East.” These memoirs of his experiences are described in his most recent book, From the Golden Gate to the Black Forest, which will be available for sale during the lecture.

Doors open at 12:30; lecture begins at 1 PM. Light refreshments will be served. A docent guided tour of the museum will follow the lecture from 2 PM to 3:30 PM.

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH), chartered by an Act of Congress in 1958, is dedicated to preserving and commemorating the service, heroism, and sacrifice of Jews in the armed forces of the United States. In 1654, Asher Levy, one of the original twenty-three Jewish settlers in New Amsterdam, demanded and secured for himself the right to stand guard at the stockade. Today, American Jewish servicemen and women continue to fight to preserve the peace and freedom of their country. The NMAJMH, through exhibitions and educational programs, explains the role of Jews in the armed forces throughout American history and documents the numerous other contributions made by Jewish veterans to America's cultural, social, and political history.

The NMAJMH’s permanent exhibits include Major General Julius Klein: His Life and Work, Hall of Heroes: American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor, and the Captain Joshua L. Goldberg Memorial Chapel. Special exhibits such as Jewish War Veterans’ Protest March Against Nazi Germany – 75th Anniversary provide additional perspective, recognizing and affirming a centuries old tradition of American Jewish military service.

The NMAJMH is committed to providing a memorable learning experience for all visitors, young and old. Docent-led tours can be customized to fit you specific area of interest. With notice, visitors may have the opportunity to hear veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War talk about their wartime experiences.

The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, and on Sundays by appointment for groups of six or more. The Museum is closed Saturdays and some Jewish and federal holidays.