Women at War

In September 1945, Gertrude Shapiro went to Hiroshima as part of the first American medical group sent to aid in relief efforts after the dropping of the atomic bomb. The photo (at center right) and Shapiro’s story are part of a new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, “Women in the Military: A Jewish Perspective.” More than 50 Jewish women are featured in the show, which includes photos and stories of their service in American conflicts, from the Civil War through the present, and traces their confrontation with sexism and anti-Semitism along with their military endeavors.

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