A Jewish Army officer from Arkansas City, Kansas, a Baptist preacher from Kentucky, a single prayer book and a war-ravaged Pacific island: these are not the ingredients for most traditional Rosh Hashanah services. But in 1943, they came together to create an extraordinary experience. Captain Elliott Davis described the experience in a beautifully written “Dear Rabbi” letter.
World War II
The Ghost Army was a unique unit that used inflatable tanks, sound effects, and imagination to fool the Germans on the battlefields of Europe. The… Read More »The Ghost Army of World War II – Tuesday, May 14th, 7:00pm
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… Read More »Master Sgt. Aaron Kliatchko, WWII POW, to be honored at Arlington National Cemetery
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… Read More »A Soldier, An Orphan, and a Photographer
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… Read More »L’shana Tova: Rosh Hashanah V-Mail from World War II
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… Read More »CPL Herbert Blum: Hitler as the Modern Haman
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… Read More »Nazi Propaganda in the Hands of American Jewish Soldiers