Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Speakers: Anita and Jeff Knisbacher
Title: "Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray"
Date and Time: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Please join us on Sunday, June 23, 2019, to hear Anita and Jeff
Knisbacher present "Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray." The
presentation includes a film, followed by a discussion of social and
It is not well known that some 10,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the
Civil War, about 7,000 for the North and 3,000 for the South. This
film discusses the different allegiances of these soldiers, some as
slave owners, others as ardent abolitionists, occasionally >from the
same family. Special attention is paid to the case of Grant's
egregious "Order No. 11" expelling Jews >from several states, as well
as to the case of Judah Benjamin, sometimes referred to as the brains
behind the Confederacy. Also covered are two well-known Jewish spies,
one for the Union and one for the Confederacy.
Anita Knisbacher has advanced degrees in instructional technology and
has been a platform instructor both here and in South America since
her teens. Since retirement, she has continued to facilitate learning
via educational positions with the National Council of Jewish Women in
Sarasota, FL, and here in Baltimore with the Beth Tfiloh Sisterhood,
where she conducts regular "Shmooze and Learn" programs among other
activities. She will lead a discussion after the film.
Jeff Knisbacher is a former professor of linguistics, translator, and
government analyst. Since retirement, he has leveraged his languages
to research his family roots in both branches of his family: the
paternal in Galicia and the maternal in Ukraine. He will conclude the
presentation with a brief discussion of the genealogical aspects.
The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to JGSMD membership fee) after their first meeting. Please check our
web site at www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location,
and program of future meetings.
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