April 18, 2011, - 7:21 pm

Jewish American Soldiers on Passover in WWI, WWII (in Pics & Postcards)

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

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6 Responses

Inspiring photo and postcards.

I think the back of the photo is wrong I think it had to be shot on the first night of Seder in 1919 -it would have been April 14, 1919 so that is when the photographer took the picture. Pvt. L Cohen’s descendants would probably know but I think it was taken around then.

Jews have always conducted themselves with honor, courage and heroism in all of America’s wars. Unlike Muslims who can’t wait to kill their fellow servicemen when the opportunity presents itself. The moral difference is a striking one.

We must never forget Jewish contribution to the welfare and freedom of America and the betterment of mankind.

Chag Sameach!

NormanF on April 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm


Thanks for your enthusiasm for praising Jewish soldiers.

With do much hostility to Jews world wide, I find your comments so refreshing.

As a 67 year old Catholic(not practicing)I have had the pleasure of going to a friend’s Passover service, and our Catholic Church in Nassau Bay TX had a Seder Meal.

After such, I feel even more “connected” to Jewish people.

Most unfortunately, many Jews have forgotten their own heritage – their own pride in being Jewish. As a Catholic, I have NOT forgotten – people SHOULD be proud of who they are, unless. of course, they are doing something shameful.

Frank Zavisca on April 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Very nice, Debbie. Steve/USAFA ’73

Steve Diehl on April 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

jews made up only 3.5 % of U.S. population during ww1 … yet ,they made up almost 6.5% of the American army…quite a record I would say…. kenny saj

kenny saj on November 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I wonder if Herman Morris Harris, interred at Chalmette National Cemetery, is in the group? His headstone- sec 169, #14248, is the only one with Star of David! Doing a book on the National Cemetery. Can’t find much on him except born New Orleans, but lived in Monroe, La at time of enlistment. Think he would make a good story and read for all Americans.

Jim on March 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Jewish law requires Jews to respect and follow the laws of the country in which they live; Islamic law mandates that Muslims respect and follow only the Shari’a, holding that the laws of nations are invalid. Anti-Americanism — and specifically anti-Constitutionalism — are DOCTRINAL in Islam. Only at that time when our politicians recognize this fact (it can’t be difficult since their imams repeat it publicly and incessantly), will they realize the danger posed by the growing Islamic community within our borders who will never, EVER be loyal Americans. The Jews have contributed so much to our great nation and I, for one, am thankful for their enterprise, loyalty, and sacrifices. Thank you, Debbie, for being a beacon of truth.

Christopher Atkins on April 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

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