The Greatest Generation

The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware is pleased to announce its 2018 Annual Meeting program, Remembering Jewish Delaware’s Greatest Generation

Join us on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Siegel Jewish Community Center at 101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.  The annual meeting will begin at 1 o’clock PM and the program will follow.  Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.  The event is free and open to the public.

Take an inside look at the “Dear Mollye” collection with the Jewish Historical Society of Delaware’s archivist, Gail Pietrzyk.  We’ll tell the story of Mollye Sklut, who wrote to hundreds of men and women serving during WWII and go beyond to pay tribute to the many other heroic Delawareans who served and sacrificed for the war effort.  Learn about the Gold Star Mothers, who lost their sons in battle.  Honor those who earned Silver Stars, Purple Hearts, Distinguished Flying Crosses, and many other citations for bravery and courage.

Discover how letters and photographs stored for 75 years can come to life and the stories of long ago can inspire and enrich us today.

Post card from Leonard Cooper to Mollye Sklut, Under the K.P. tree
Post card from Leonard Cooper to Mollye Sklut, Under the K.P. tree

“These letters have everything,” says archivist Pietrzyk, “romance, humor, courage, and if you count KP duty, even the kitchen sink! “

This introduction will launch the JHSD’s web-exhibit for the “Dear Mollye” collection.  We hope visitors will share their memories, stories, and photographs to help us all preserve and remember the Greatest Generation.


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