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Lecture Series: Lee Mandel

February 28, 2015 @ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Unlikely Warrior“Unlikely Warrior”
Presented by Lee Mandel

Saturday, February 28
Explorers Theater • 4:30 p.m.

Through the 1930s, Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn was an outspoken pacifist and political activist. But when World War II broke out, he voluntarily enlisted with the United States Navy. Gittelsohn became the first Jewish chaplain to serve in the United States Marine Corps, and provided vital support and guidance to Marines of all faiths at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Join author Lee Mandel as he explores the life of unlikely warrior Rabbi Gittelsohn, his decision to join the armed services, and the development of the Navy’s chaplains into a vital support for America’s fighting forces. A signing of Mandel’s new biography of Gittelsohn, Unlikely Warrior, will follow.

This lecture is free with admission to the Museum.

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February 28, 2015
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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