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[…]

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[…]

CPL Herbert Blum: Hitler as the Modern Haman

Corporal Herbert Blum sent this Purim card (issued by the Jewish Welfare Board) home to his parents in Jersey City. Blum worked for the Army Air Forces as a cryptographic technician during WWII. He served in Europe with the 327th Signal Company, 8th Air Force in 1944 and 1945. His eloquent and poignant words: “Dear Folks, History repeats Read more about CPL Herbert Blum: Hitler as the Modern Haman[…]

Nazi Propaganda in the Hands of American Jewish Soldiers

Nazis were masters of propaganda. Much of it was designed to enforce their anti-Jewish ideology. The ideas expressed in the propaganda materials were appalling and frightening when spread by the Third Reich. However, the significance and meaning of these materials changed when acquired by new hands, specifcally by Jewish hands. This folding leaflet disguised as an Read more about Nazi Propaganda in the Hands of American Jewish Soldiers[…]

The Brooklyn Cowboy: American Jews on Horseback in WWII

The worn Model 1940 riding boots of Private Harold Ehrenpreis evoke an Army man who’s spent countless hours on a horse. Most people associate combat on horseback with an earlier time, but when Harold Ehrenpreis was issued these boots in 1941, the horse cavalry was still an active part of the U.S. Army. Mounted cavalrymen Read more about The Brooklyn Cowboy: American Jews on Horseback in WWII[…]

Three Fascinating World War II Haggadot

Like other religious publications, Haggadot for American Jews in the Armed Forces were often produced by the Jewish Welfare Board. This began in World War I when approximately 225,00 American Jews served in the war. Haggadot were also produced for Jews in the German and British armies. The books in the museum’s collection aren’t as visually Read more about Three Fascinating World War II Haggadot[…]