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In My Father’s Words by Laura Cantor Zelman


Dated from 1941 to 1945, this collection of over five hundred letters details the daily life of a Jewish American, fluent in German, who served as a doctor in the US Army. These letters are a time capsule of the time Milton Cantor, MD, spent in Central America and Europe serving his country.

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What might letters you write today mean seventy-five years from now?

From 1941 to 1945 one man wrote over five hundred letters to his wife. The letters detail the daily life and meditations of a Jewish American, fluent in  German, who served as a doctor in the U.S. Army during World War II. These letters are a time capsule of the time Milton Cantor, M.D., spent in Central America and Europe serving his country. They shed light on the condition of soldiers’ and medical care at the time, the small joys that brought hope to those away from home and the unabashed patriotism of a doctor doing his part to make sure America remained the land of the free.

As Cantor writes home to his wife he shares his thoughts on censorship, the Nazis, German POW’s and the army. As time passes he also discovers the true meaning of family, a wisdom that would lead him to become a better father and husband on his return. Insightful, uncensored and illuminating, these letters are a testament to the work of army doctors in any war and the invaluable record of a specific and extraordinary time in history.

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