Carl Reiner in Library of Congress? Vet History

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 22, 2010 Comments Off on Carl Reiner in Library of Congress? Vet History

November 22, 2010 –Georgetown’s visual and oral history with Carl Reiner, a World War II veteran who graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1943, is one of three videos to become a permanent part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

Two other Georgetown graduates plus Reiner were added to the Library of Congress’ 70,000 firsthand remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them from World War I through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Witness to History

The videos come from Georgetown’s own project – Witness to History – that has collected more than 70 histories of prominent alumni, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who graduated from the university in 1980 and entrepreneur Ted Leonsis (C’77).

“These are stories of Georgetown alumni who are making a difference in the world,” says William G. Reynolds (C’79), executive director of the university’s alumni association.

Oral history project consultant Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06), with the assistance of a recent history major, Lisa Fthenakis (C’10), managed the project under the leadership of Reynolds and the university’s Office of Advancement.

Treasure Box

“We are proud to have this special collaboration between Georgetown and the Library of Congress, two institutions that share a long history in the nation’s capital,” Reynolds adds. “Now both institutions will serve as a treasure box for these personal and important stories.”

This past April, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington hosted a meeting at the Library of Congress that featured the histories of Reiner and the two other World War II veterans, Dr. John Rose, a 1950 graduate and former dean of Georgetown’s School of Medicine; and Dr. George Mishtowt (C’38, M’42), the first medical director at the U.S. Department of State.

In the videos, the men share their memories of the war – Reiner operated an Army radio and trained as an interpreter, Rose navigated a B-24 in the Air Force and Mishtowt served in the 82nd Airborne.

Additional Veterans

In October, Georgetown sent a letter to its alumni from the classes of 1940 to 1955, inviting World War II and Korean War veterans to share their stories with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. To learn more about the project and to participate in the national effort, go to

To hear all of the alumni stories in the Witness to History collection, go to

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