Admin/ May 8, 2023/ Uncategorized

Dr. Karen Berkman made a special trip to the University of Georgia where her father, Dr. Harold Berkman, attended school and graduated in 1949 in record time.  To honor his memory, the family donated his WWII Eisenhower jacket, medals and various pieces of memorabilia to the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC).  They created a beautiful display that resides in the student lounge area.  This display has prompted many conversations between students and SVRC staff to learn more about Dr. Berkman’s history and experiences.  

In addition, Dr. Berkman’s handwritten letters to his parents during WWII were donated to the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library which houses the largest and oldest special collections in the University of Georgia System.  These letters will be accessible to university faculty and students as well as researchers around the world. Katherine Stein, Director, stated “these personal letters will keep Dr. Berkman’s experiences alive for future generations to understand this important time in history”.

View the video interview with Dr. Harold Berkman from the WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Group looking at Berkman letters. Left to right: Lee Snelling, Senior Director of Development, University Library; Katherine Stein, University Library Director; Steve Pitts, Senior Director of Development for Student Affairs; Dr. Karen Berkman, Berkman Foundation President; Steve Horton, UGA Alumni Association, Board of Directors
Dr. Karen Berkman with Dr. Harold W Berkman WWII display of memorabilia in the Student Veterans Resource Center lounge.
Share this Post