November 11, 2011, - 3:40 pm

MUST SEE EXCLUSIVE Moving Veterans Day Photos From WWII

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

See more of these cool and moving photos . . .

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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26 Responses

Thank you.

Not Ovenready on November 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

were the ovens too full to take those,I am sorry they got away

kay on November 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    look on the bright side.. at least you got a mouth full of dicks for breakfast

    kay loves dicks on November 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Crawl back to whatever “occupy” site is closest to you vile pig.

    MarkF on November 12, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Hey, “Kay” Islamic Fascist:

    Crawl back under your rock. The world doesn’t need you.

    As goes Israel, so goes the world. on November 12, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Kay, these men fought for YOUR freedom to be a prostitute for Jihadists.

    Occam's Tool on November 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you, Debby, for speaking the truth, For informing us. Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wayne on November 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

So Debbie, did you serve in the military?

Howard Greenstein on November 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Her dad did—in ‘Nam. As a military surgeon. You asshole.

    Occam's Tool on November 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

      Dear Tool: Are you 15 years old? Those last two words add nothing. They cheapen your response.

      Miranda Rose Smith on November 13, 2011 at 6:26 am

debbie, you are what is wrong in this world. your hatred and vile comments . the day is comming when you will have a judgment of yourself, i pray it is not as sick as what you put out here.

ruth white on November 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Its safe to say Debbie Schlussel won’t be receiving an Oscar any time soon. But then again its safe to say people like you think the enemies of the Jewish people are more worthy of adulation than those who fight those enemies.

    You aren’t fit to shine the shoes of Debbie and her deceased father. They’ll be remembered long after the likes of your kind are gone from the earth.

    NormanF on November 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

sorry i used the wrong name , i meant ” kay” what a sicko. the Lord says not to judge others , but when someone like this turns your stomach, from the filth they spew, i feel the right to say my mind.

ruth white on November 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Ruth White, I hope you meant Kay instead of Debbie Schlussel herself. It’s folks like Kay and her ilk on what’s wrong with this world and country, NOT DS, Debbie to her own credit is trying her very best to do the right things. Ruth, if DS reads this thread she might erase your first comment because you made a little error by mentioning DS’s name by accident, whereas as you claimed you meant to mention “Kay’s” name instead!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on November 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Thank you for the beautiful historical photos. The U.S. Army arrived too late for the 6 Million holy Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, but the Army did fight bravely and did finally help to defeat the Germans, Yimach Shmam. Simon Wiesenthal writes that when the Jews in the camps heard the news of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, it gave them great hope and courage, the end was in sight. By the way, is there any way for you to block the writers to your column, who are decendents of Nazis, and share their ideology, they are full of hate, and do not belong on your great site, keep up your great work, Dinah

Dinah on November 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm


    I’m sure one of those men in those photos could be Debbie’s ancestor. We are thankful to them and their sacrifices. Yes, they arrived too late to save most of Europe’s Jews. But they gave the rest of us our lives and our freedom. We are forever in their debt.

    May they RIP and may their memory be for an Eternal Blessing!

    NormanF on November 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Thank you for the photos and captions, Debbie.

As for you, Kay, what the other readers have already said about you.

JeffE on November 13, 2011 at 12:34 am

Couldn’t they have managed to either take the swastika down before they held the service or hold it someplace else?

Miranda Rose Smith on November 13, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I think that quite fitting. Jews triumphed in the past over four ancient enemies. The photo illustrates they triumphed over a modern one. And they will triumph over Haman’s descendants in the future. Of that you can be sure.

    NormanF on November 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Sure seems strange that they didn’t cover that swastika for the prayer service. Can’t imagine having to look at something like while trying to pray.

Daniel Middleman on November 15, 2011 at 12:54 am

Very interesting documents! Congratulations to the author! There is so much to say about these chaplains! Many did help local Jews like here in France as the situation in 1944 was catastrophic, not only materially but spiritually. The US Army along with some Rabbis published the first Talmud since the beginning of the war (1939) to be distributed in the European Jewish communities trying to reorganize a Jewish life. As a French writer and researcher I particularly interested in US Army Chaplains: in 1946, a Rabbi Baruch Silverstein helped with another Chaplain, a British Army one, R. Baruch Epstein, to create a religious camp for Displaced Persons near a small town called Bacoli, not far north of Naples. I know this story because a large group of Jewish survivors from the death camps arrived there and later sailed clandestinely on a small French schooner reaching safely Israel.
Despite my research all over Europe as well as in the US I have been unable to find any information regarding this remarkable Chaplain, R. Baruch Silverstein. Suggestions and/or help wwould be greatly appreciated! I am preparing a book on this incredible saga. I look forward to hearing from this website readers..Shalom and Au Revoir, Ilan

Ilan Braun on July 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Hi Debbie,
Just to let you know that I finally found and located the American Chaplain who helped so generously the Holocaust survivors in Italy in 1945-1946: he is Bernard (Baruch) Hyman Ziskind born in Lithuania in 1900 who immigrated in the US in 1910. He was rabbi at Tiferet Israel in New Bedford, MA until the 1960s. He passed away in 1968. May his menory be blessed.
With best wishes to you! Yours, Ilan

Ilan Braun on December 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Some factual errors:

The Shloss Rheydt castle is in Mönchen-Glachbach (not the City of München, Bavaria) – note the difference of “ö” (=”oe”) and “ü” (=”ue”).

It was also never the ‘home of Göbbels” – it was restructured to be his home, but he only visited it twice briefly, never stayed or lived there.

By the time the US Army reached the castle it was essentially an empty museum.

Steven Morell (@3xperts) on February 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm

hi, the picture of the 3 soldiers praying is very meaningful to me. I would like to find out what your connection is to the picture, because I spoke to a liberator who was in that room that day. (He knew Pfc Mirmelstein well, who recently passed away.) His wife told me that she saw the picture published in the late forties or fifties. Thank you very much.
(PS. I believe it is Paul Joseph, not Joseph Paul.)

Phil on April 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Hi there Debbie. I would like to add two more very moving pictures of Rabbi Marcus that I just discovered with my grandfather Hersch Lowenbraun somewhere in Belgium on Rosh Hashana of 1944.
How can I upload them here? thank you.
i also sent you an e mail with the pictures.

tanya klein on August 18, 2015 at 10:13 pm

Hello Debbie, Robert Marcus was my father’s uncle. He died young, and I never met him, but it moved me to see the photo. Thank you very much.

barbara Libby on January 3, 2017 at 1:29 pm

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