April 18, 2011, - 7:21 pm
Below is a photo from my U.S. Jewish military collection. It’s a photo of hundreds of Jewish American soldiers serving in American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)–the U.S. Armed Forces in World War I, as they hold their Passover Seder in France in Paris, France in April 1919. The photo was taken by U.S. Army Private L. Cohen. It’s the first Passover Seder ever put on by the Jewish Welfare Board (a body of Jewish organizations allied to help all American soldiers, Jew and Gentile, during WWI, WWII, and Vietnam, supplying them with stationery, meals, hospitality centers, shaving kits and portable games, recordings on records to send back home, etc.).
Also, below are two Passover postcards that Jewish-American soldiers sent home, while serving in World War I and World War II. The first one is from a member of the AEF in France during World War I. It’s from a soldier to his sister in Stockton, California. You’ll note it has a censor stamp on it. It is postmarked April 25, 1919. The postcard was printed by the Jewish Welfare Board. The date of printing is April 15, 1919.
The second post card is from World War II. It is from Private N. Bluestein. It is also a Jewish Welfare Board postcard. Check out the second postcard . . .
Unlike Muslims (we are American patriots, they are American hate-riots), Jewish soldiers–including my cousin, who is a U.S. Air Force Academy grad, a career Air Force officer, and served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan–have proudly served in every single U.S. war, including the Revolutionary War.
Tags: 1919, AEF, American Expeditionary Force, American Expeditionary Forces, France, Jewish, Jewish Holidays, Jewish Welfare Board, Jews, JWB, Paris, Passover, Private L. Cohen, Private N. Bluestein, seder, U.S. Army, U.S. military, World War I, World War II