National Museum of American Jewish Military History

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Facing aging and COVID, Jewish veterans stay the course, as they did during wartime
11/11/2020
Facing aging and COVID, Jewish veterans stay the course, as they did during wartime

Facing aging and COVID, Jewish veterans stay the course, as they did during wartime

David Hymes, 103, of Chicago, a veteran of World War II, retired public accountant and former national commander of the Jewish War Veterans, offers his “old geezer” advice: “Live right, eat a balanced diet, try to help, keep up with current events,” and above all, “do not hide.”

National Museum of American Jewish History
11/11/2020

National Museum of American Jewish History

This Veterans Day, we salute all those who’ve fought for America. Thank you for your service.

📸 Carte de visite of Albert S. Nones

Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.
11/11/2020

Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism." – Alexander Hamilton

On this Veterans Day 2020, we celebrate and thank all those who took up the call of liberty to fight on behalf of the American people here at home and around the world.

As we do every November 11th, JWV is joining millions of people around the country who are taking time out of their busy lives to honor veterans. We hope you chose to do the same by donating gently used clothes for veterans in need, creating care packages for troops serving overseas, or helping document the stories of U.S. veterans through a special Library of Congress program.

But the work JWV does on behalf of veterans continues beyond a single day of gratitude. JWV members spend thousands of hours each year volunteering at local VA hospitals, raising money for those medical centers, educating students about the role Jews have played in America’s armed forces, and so much more.

Since 1896, JWV has fought on behalf of not only Jewish veterans, but all those who have served our country. As the oldest continually operating veteran service organization, JWV needs your support to continue our fight, and the programs we provide across the country.
We ask you to take a moment today to appreciate all the liberties that American veterans have fought to protect, and make a donation to the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.
https://www.jwv.org/give/donate/

11/11/2020
Jewish War Veterans of the USA Post 692 Veterans Day - YouTube

Jewish War Veterans of the USA Post 692 Veterans Day program at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. Features remarks from Rear Admiral Paul Becker (USN, Ret) and Lieutenant Colonel Sheldon Goldberg, (USAF, Ret.) and music from Voices for Vets.

Jewish War Veterans of the USA Post 692 Veterans Day program at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. Features remarks from Rear Admiral Paul Becker (USN, Ret) ...

The Docs of War — Detroit Jewish News
11/10/2020
The Docs of War — Detroit Jewish News

The Docs of War — Detroit Jewish News

Several Jewish Detroit doctors who saved countless lives in Vietnam share their memories from the frontlines.

11/09/2020
JERRY'S LAST MISSION

This week only, Jerry's Last Mission is available to watch for free. We were honored to have Jerry Yellin speak at the museum in 2017. This documentary tells his remarkable story. Fighter pilot Jerry Yellin flew the last combat mission of World War II over Japan and returned home to a dark life of survivor’s guilt and daily thoughts of suicide. Married with four sons, Yellin was forced to face his enemy once again when his youngest son moved to Japan and married the daughter of a Kamikaze pilot.

JERRY'S LAST MISSION Fighter pilot Jerry Yellin flew the last combat mission of World War II over Japan and returned home to a dark life of survivor’s…

When Abraham Grossman was a teenager, he fled his native Germany on what came to be known as the kindertransport, a resc...
11/04/2020
Abraham Grossman, 95, fled Germany as a boy but returned as a soldier bearing Jewish insignia - Washington Jewish Week

When Abraham Grossman was a teenager, he fled his native Germany on what came to be known as the kindertransport, a rescue effort that brought about 10,000 Jewish children fleeing the Nazis to England. He returned just a few years later, but by then he was as a proud fighter in the British Army’s Jewish Brigade.

By Cnaan Liphshiz When Abraham Grossman was a teenager, he fled his native Germany on what came to be known as the kindertransport, a rescue effort that brought about 10,000 Jewish children fleeing the Nazis to England. He returned just a few years later, but by then he was as a proud fighter in the...

It was while he was a soldier during World War II that Bernard Sussman came to realize there was value to the language o...
10/30/2020
Finding Yiddish in North Africa

It was while he was a soldier during World War II that Bernard Sussman came to realize there was value to the language of his grandmother.. #WWII

It was while he was a soldier during World War II that Bernard Sussman came to realize there was value to the language of his grandmother. There are countless examples of American soldiers in World…

Chayenu
10/29/2020

Chayenu

Lt. Bryan Pace is a Supply Officer for the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, more popularly known as the famous Blue Angels. Here's what he has to say about Chayenu:

"Growing up, I had very little knowledge of Torah. I went to a Jesuit High School, during which time I found myself drawn closer to Torah Judaism. As such, I pursued a degree in Judaic & Near Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I had the fortune of living amongst an observant Jewish Community, having several observant professors, and meeting Rabbi Chaim Adelman, from whom I received my first pair of tefillin. The experience gave me the foothold to start my journey towards a more observant life.

I have been extremely blessed by the mentorship of Rabbi Shaya and his wife Mrs. Rochel Tenenboim at Chabad of the Emerald Coast. Their warmth, knowledge, openness, and honesty have been a source of continued blessing over the last two years.

Studying in general, and through the use of Chayenu as a guide, has significantly deepened my observance and studies. It is hard to put into words the energy and feeling it generates after a long day of work, being able to study some Chassidus before davening maariv, and getting ready for bed.

On a larger scale, it has made me a better husband and father. The delivery of the publication every month has highlighted a number of other Jewish personnel on the team and will hopefully serve as a tool to bring them closer to Hashem in the manner it has served me."

Thank you for your service, Bryan, and much bracha and hatzlocha in your growth through Chayenu!

Stay tuned for more Subscriber Spotlights!

Fascinating stuff on Jews in the Red Army from Tablet Magazine
10/28/2020
Red Army Zionist Fighters

Fascinating stuff on Jews in the Red Army from Tablet Magazine

Latvian Jews fought with Stalin against the Nazis for their very existence

October 26, 1918 at Grand-Pre, France, William Sawelson, Company M, 312th Infantry, 78th Division, earned the Medal of H...
10/26/2020
William Sawelson

October 26, 1918 at Grand-Pre, France, William Sawelson, Company M, 312th Infantry, 78th Division, earned the Medal of Honor. Citation: "Hearing a wounded man in a shell hole some distance away calling for water, Sgt. Sawelson, upon his own initiative, left shelter and crawled through heavy machinegun fire to where the man lay, giving him what water he had in his canteen. He then went back to his own shell hole, obtained more water, and was returning to the wounded man when he was killed by a machinegun bullet." #MedalOfHonor #OnThisDay #WWI

American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor Rank: Sergeant Service: U.S. Army Unit: Company M, 312th Infantry, 78th Division Birthdate: August 5, 1895 Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey Date o…

10/20/2020
The Ghost Army

The Ghost Army

My favorite story from 106 -year-old Ghost Army veteran Gil Seltzer of New Jersey, as told to me 10 years ago when he was a mere 96. We are paying tribute to Gil this month as we ask members of Congress to co-sponsor the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act, HR 2350 and S1421. #WWII #GhostARmyGold Congresswoman Annie Kuster

Chag Sameach! This photo from our Abe Plotkin collection is captioned: "Succoth 1945. San Luis Obispo. [Rabbi] WG Plaut ...
10/02/2020

Chag Sameach! This photo from our Abe Plotkin collection is captioned: "Succoth 1945. San Luis Obispo. [Rabbi] WG Plaut with 3-year old son Jonathan." #WWII #Sukkot

Tibor Rubin, the only Holocaust survivor to be awarded the Medal of Honor, is the subject of the latest entry in the Ass...
09/30/2020

Tibor Rubin, the only Holocaust survivor to be awarded the Medal of Honor, is the subject of the latest entry in the Association of the United States Army - AUSA National Medal of Honor Graphic Novel series. Read it here - https://www.ausa.org/medal-honor-graphic-novels

We'll be closed Monday, September 28th for Yom Kippur. G'mar Chatimah Tovah1944 Yom Kippur services at synagogue in Coló...
09/25/2020

We'll be closed Monday, September 28th for Yom Kippur. G'mar Chatimah Tovah

1944 Yom Kippur services at synagogue in Colón, Panama for men stationed in the Canal Zone. Harry Aizenstat collection #WWII #YomKippur

The riflemen of Company E were having difficulty identifying where the machine gun fire was coming from. Prager had a so...
09/23/2020
Over There: Benjamin Prager

The riflemen of Company E were having difficulty identifying where the machine gun fire was coming from. Prager had a solution. Give the Germans a clear target. He stood in the window of the house providing the Germans something to shoot at... #WWI

The riflemen of Company E were having difficulty identifying where the machine gun fire was coming from. Sergeant Prager had a solution. Give the Germans a clear target. He stood in the window of t…

Sounds like a great program today from American Jewish Historical Society.
09/22/2020

Sounds like a great program today from American Jewish Historical Society.

We are so excited for todays program and we hope you are too! Catch it live on our page today 9/22 at 1pm, or watch it on your own time on the AJHSNYC YouTube page starting on 9/23: http://ow.ly/lzRp50BuWPK

A Jewish Army officer from Arkansas City, Kansas, a Baptist preacher from Kentucky, a single prayer book and a war-ravag...
09/17/2020
Rosh Hashanah in the Solomon Islands 1943

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. #RoshHashanah #WWII

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 Ha…

So sad to learn of the passing of Ernest Kaufman. His extraordinary life took him from Buchenwald Concentration Camp to ...
09/09/2020
From Fright to Fight to Farm: A Journey of Survival by Ernest Kaufman

So sad to learn of the passing of Ernest Kaufman. His extraordinary life took him from Buchenwald Concentration Camp to the US Army to a New Jersey farm. He took part in the Invasion in Europe in 1944, where he was seriously wounded in combat in 1945. He told his story in his book From Fight to Flight to Farm - https://nmajmh.org/product/from-fright-to-fight-to-farm-a-journey-of-survival-by-ernest-kaufman/. His life was also documented by the Armed Forces Heritage Museum in this video - https://youtu.be/6mOVSAnEDkk. May his memory be a blessing.

At age 18, Ernest Kaufman was incarcerated at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. In 1939 he was fortunate to be able to immigrate into the United States, and in December 1941 he volunteered for mil…

"Nahem entered the military in November 1942. He volunteered for the infantry and hoped to see combat in Europe to help ...
09/09/2020
Remembering Sam Nahem, the Syrian Jew who integrated military baseball

"Nahem entered the military in November 1942. He volunteered for the infantry and hoped to see combat in Europe to help defeat Nazism. But he spent his first two years at Fort Totten in New York. During WWII, many professional players were in the military, so the quality of play on military bases was excellent."

Sam Nahem, a Syrian Jew, led the movement to integrate baseball

Arthur Hays Klein - Auto racing Aeronautical Engineer #WWI
08/11/2020
Over There: Arthur Hays Klein

Arthur Hays Klein - Auto racing Aeronautical Engineer #WWI

Arthur Klein was a race car driver who became Klein became a Chief Aeronautical Engineering Officer at the 3rd Aviation Instruction Center (3AIC) at Issoudun, France during World War I.

07/31/2020
Taliban Safari - Paul Darling

The recording of Paul Darling's talk from yesterday is now available. Hear about his experiences as an Army officer in Afghanistan and his book Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Paul Darling joined us to discuss his book Taliban Safari: One Day in the Surkhagan Valley and his experiences as a combat soldi...

One of the oldest survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack was buried at Arlington National Cemetery this week. Florida resi...
07/30/2020
Florida man, one of oldest Pearl Harbor survivors, buried at Arlington

One of the oldest survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack was buried at Arlington National Cemetery this week. Florida resident Joseph Iscovitz was 103-year-old when he died last year.

One of the oldest survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack was buried at Arlington National Cemetery this week. Florida resident Joseph Iscovitz was 103-year-old when he died last year.

Ben Salomon was a dentist thrust into combat on Saipan with 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division on July 7, 1...
07/07/2020
Ben L. Salomon

Ben Salomon was a dentist thrust into combat on Saipan with 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division on July 7, 1944. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor. Citation:

Captain Ben L. Salomon was serving at Saipan, in the Marianas Islands on July 7, 1944, as the Surgeon for the 2d Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division. The Regiment's 1st and 2d Battalions were attacked by an overwhelming force estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 Japanese soldiers. It was one of the largest attacks attempted in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Although both units fought furiously, the enemy soon penetrated the Battalions' combined perimeter and inflicted overwhelming casualties. In the first minutes of the attack, approximately 30 wounded soldiers walked, crawled, or were carried into Captain Salomon's aid station, and the small tent soon filled with wounded men. As the perimeter began to be overrun, it became increasingly difficult for Captain Salomon to work on the wounded. He then saw a Japanese soldier bayoneting one of the wounded soldiers lying near the tent. Firing from a squatting position, Captain Salomon quickly killed the enemy soldier. Then, as he turned his attention back to the wounded, two more Japanese soldiers appeared in the front entrance of the tent. As these enemy soldiers were killed, four more crawled under the tent walls. Rushing them, Captain Salomon kicked the knife out of the hand of one, shot another, and bayoneted a third. Captain Salomon butted the fourth enemy soldier in the stomach and a wounded comrade then shot and killed the enemy soldier.

Realizing the gravity of the situation, Captain Salomon ordered the wounded to make their way as best they could back to the regimental aid station, while he attempted to hold off the enemy until they were clear. Captain Salomon then grabbed a rifle from one of the wounded and rushed out of the tent.

After four men were killed while manning a machine gun, Captain Salomon took control of it. When his body was later found, 98 dead enemy soldiers were piled in front of his position. Captain Salomon's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. #WWII #MedalofHonor #OnThisDay

American Jewish Recipients of the Medal of Honor Rank: Captain Service: U.S. Army Unit: 105th Infantry Regiment, part of the 27th Infantry Division Birthdate: September 1, 1914 Place of Birth: Milw…

We've reopened our exhibits to visitors.  Come visit Monday - Friday 9 to 5. #WEARAMASK
07/06/2020

We've reopened our exhibits to visitors. Come visit Monday - Friday 9 to 5. #WEARAMASK

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25 Mar 1945. U.S.S. Ocelot. Ulithi. Lt. (jg) Steingart (Navy dentist) wrote: "I put in an honest day's work. I saw eight patients this morning and two more this afternoon …. I spent some time digging out additional information for my annual and quarterly reports … Seeing as I am the senior dental officer aboard I have … reports to make out (ahem!). It's a good thing there aren't any more dental officers or I'd probably be junior … I was beginning to run low on shorts so I bought a half dozen more today (35 cents each). It has been raining or threatening to rain all day so I spent my leisure time in my room reading and censoring mail … It's hard to realize that next week is Passover. All days are alike and as a matter of fact I'd never know it was Sunday except the chaplain is around. Talking about chaplains, one has been assigned to our ship and I'm looking for him to arrive most any time now. Won't I be glad. Then the job of Welfare Officer and Librarian will be taken away from me and given to someone who has the time and training to do a real job of it and at the same time give me more opportunity to do what I'm here to do. We finally got a boxing ring built on one of the hatches. While we are waiting for the chaplain, I'll try and promote some bouts before movies. The movie tonight is "Fighting Lady" a picture about the carrier, "Yorktown." It is very much like the movie we saw of the flying fortress "The----Belle." I can't remember the rest of the name. We saw it in Diego together. Also it is rated as excellent." My dad kept his promise and wrote over 500 daily letters to my mom during WWII. You can read all of them in my blog
Lt.Col. Alexander Vindman 🇺🇸 is American Jewish Army officer that MANY are proud of!!👍Vindman completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) at Fort Benning in 1999 and was sent the next year to South Korea, where he commanded both infantry and anti-armor platoons.[3] In addition to overseas deployments to South Korea and Germany, Vindman is a combat veteran of the Iraq War, and he served in Iraq from September 2004 to September 2005.[2] In October 2004,[2] he sustained an injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, for which he received a Purple Heart.[3] He was promoted to the rank of major in 2008,[9] and to lieutenant colonel in September 2015.[10] During his Army career, Vindman earned the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge, as well as four Army Commendation Medals and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals.[2]
This is my father, Ralph Rubenstein, in Korea, during the Korean Conflict, at Pesach, with a box of Matzah at his feet.
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Lost history surfaces all the time. “I was at Temple Sholom in Broomall at a Friday night Shabbat service,” said Kevin Plotkin. “The rabbi, I don’t remember what he was talking about, but he mentioned a suitcase. Somebody dropped a suitcase off. There was a gentleman living in Martin’s Run who wasn’t even a member of the synagogue who dropped it off and nobody could remember when."
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This Passover Haggadah issued by the Jewish Welfare Board for use by jewish members of the Armed Forces. This Haggadah was used in 1946 in the Augsburg Displaced Persons camp by William Kufeld who conducted the Seder.