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The Wreckage is a new narrative podcast from the American Jewish Historical Society chronicling the unique stories of Jewish Americans, from the years immediately following World War II through the end of the Cold War. In the aftermath of history’s most destructive war, American Jews mobilized through aid work, military service, and activism to help solve the largest refugee crisis in history. While fears of a resurgence of fascism were at the forefront, the very real threats of the spread of totalitarian Communism continued to build.

The Wreckage is hosted by acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer and actress Rebecca Naomi Jones. Jones is best known for her performances in the Broadway rock musicals Passing Strange, American Idiot, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as being the first woman of color to play Laurey in Oklahoma! on Broadway.

The Wreckage American Jewish Historical Society

    • History
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

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The Wreckage is a new narrative podcast from the American Jewish Historical Society chronicling the unique stories of Jewish Americans, from the years immediately following World War II through the end of the Cold War. In the aftermath of history’s most destructive war, American Jews mobilized through aid work, military service, and activism to help solve the largest refugee crisis in history. While fears of a resurgence of fascism were at the forefront, the very real threats of the spread of totalitarian Communism continued to build.

The Wreckage is hosted by acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer and actress Rebecca Naomi Jones. Jones is best known for her performances in the Broadway rock musicals Passing Strange, American Idiot, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as being the first woman of color to play Laurey in Oklahoma! on Broadway.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Governors

    The Governors

    In the weeks following V-E Day, the Allied powers were faced with the daunting task of governing Germany and all formerly Nazi-controlled territories. Hitler was dead, the Third Reich had fallen, and it was now up to the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and France to rebuild the continent following the devastation of the war in Europe – all while the war in the Pacific continued to rage on. With Europe in ruins, the Allied nations began the work to restore systems of law, rebuild the economy, and lead the re-education of the German people. 

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

SallyMReiss ,

Fascinating history

I am a history buff. This podcast is an excellent and engaging history of the post wwii years. Well researched with terrific original audio.

leahfraggle ,

Very interesting!

Well-curated and organized! I love listening to podcasts that host experts and also use archival materials such as audio clips. Can’t wait to hear more!

RosieRB1986 ,

Love this show

Rebecca Naomi Jones is fantastic! What a talent for storytelling she has. Interesting historical clips interspersed also, and Prof Rosenfeld’s commentary was excellent (am I the only one who thinks he sounds hot?)

Can’t wait for the next episode!

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