Master Sgt. Aaron Kliatchko, WWII POW, to be honored at Arlington National Cemetery

Master Sgt. Aaron Kliatchko will be honored with a formal funeral on Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:00am, at Arlington National Cemetery. Reception follows at museum at noon.  Aaron Kliatchko died on Dec. 31, 1944 aboard the Japanese Hell ship Brazil Maru. His remains have never been accounted for. Kliatchko was born in 1887 to an Read more about Master Sgt. Aaron Kliatchko, WWII POW, to be honored at Arlington National Cemetery[…]

A Soldier, An Orphan, and a Photographer

A body of an American solider lying peacefully in the snow in a battlefield in Belgium. A Jewish boy in Brooklyn orphaned twice by World War II. And the world-renowned photographer who connected the two. This is their story. Samuel Tannenbaum was born on July 10, 1942, in Washington DC to Henry and Bertha Fiedel Read more about A Soldier, An Orphan, and a Photographer[…]

The New York Opera Star at the Saigon Seder

Tex Blair and Seymour Samuels share their Passover experiences while serving in Vietnam. The two helped prepare for the arrival of star tenor Richard Tucker, who served as cantor for the 1967 Seder. With a celebrity coming, a large number of soldiers were sure to arrive to celebrate the holiday. There had been virtually no Read more about The New York Opera Star at the Saigon Seder[…]

L’shana Tova: Rosh Hashanah V-Mail from World War II

To ease the burden on the postal system, V-mail was introduced during World War II for correspondence with service members stationed abroad. Stationery was photographed and transported on microfilm and then reproduced on small paper sheets at the destination. It was the primary way for soldiers and their families at home to communicate during the Read more about L’shana Tova: Rosh Hashanah V-Mail from World War II[…]

Save the Salami by Martin Sack

Sometimes, there’s nothing better for your morale than a kosher salami sent from Mom. Our museum archives has many stories of young service members overjoyed at receiving a salami overseas. In 2007, Martin Sack wrote this recalling his experience in Korea in 1954: The 1st Ordnance Battalion was stationed in a former Japanese military base Read more about Save the Salami by Martin Sack[…]

American Passovers in Europe in the First World War

The U.S. entered WWI on April 6, 1917. That night was Erev Pesach. If there were any Passover observances in the tiny American military that day, they would have been small personal affairs. Later that week, the Jewish Welfare Board (initially called the Jewish Board for Welfare Work) was founded to  to help manage Jewish affairs Read more about American Passovers in Europe in the First World War[…]