November 11, 2011, - 3:40 pm
Since it’s Veterans Day, I could not let the day go by without sharing with you these exclusive photos from my collection, depicting Jewish soldiers in the U.S. Armed Forces praying during World War II at Normandy and in Germany on Nazi enemy territory, including in Goebbels’ home. I’ve described each photo in a caption below.
Pfc. Abraham Mirmelstein (left) of Newport News, VA holds the Torah scroll as Capt Manual M. Poliakoff (center) and Corp. Martin Willien, cantor, both of Baltimore conduct Jewish prayer services at Schloss Rheydt, the castle home of Dr. Josef Paul Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister, in Muenchen Gladbach, Germany. The services, held in memory of soldiers of the Jewish faith who died in the drive to the Rhine, were the first held east of the Roer River in Germany. The photo was taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1945 or ’46.
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Jewish Soldiers hold prayer services in an apple orchard in Normandy in 1944. The services were conducted by U.S. Army Jewish Chaplain Robert S. Marcus. The photo was taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Standing in the middle of the “Dragon Teeth” anti-tank fortifications on the Siegfried line in Germany, a Jewish U.S. Army chaplain conducts services with his doughboy assistant. Date: April 26, 1945.
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