New York Historical Society

The City, On The Brink Of War

N.Y. Historical Society exhibit examines city’s role in World War II. A take on the show by one who was there.

11/20/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

In our collective consciousness, New York City during World War II often conjures up imagery of sailors “On the Town,” the “Stage Door Canteen” and Alfred Eisenstadt’s iconic photo of a sailor and a nurse in Times Square celebrating Japan’s surrender with a kiss. Except for an occasional History Channel glimpse of a troop ship leaving the harbor or a nod to the distant past from a gentrifying Brooklyn Navy Yard, the city is remembered, if at all, as a convenient recreational stop before American GIs moved on to more serious work overseas.

Jews at Nazi protest in New York in November 1938. Photos courtesy N.Y. Historical Society
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