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Interview with Jonathan D. Sarna


Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. 

He has written, edited, or co-edited more than twenty books and is best known for the acclaimed American Judaism: A History, which received the Jewish Book Council's Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year award in 2004.

Sarna discusses his most recent book, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, as well as the volume he co-edited with his student Adam Mendelsohn, Jews in the Civil War: A Reader.

Sarna is also the main expert who provides the historical perspective for the recently released film on PBS, Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray.

For more information on Dr. Sarna, you can visit his faculty profile website from Brandeis University.

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