More than half a million Jewish Americans served in the United States armed forces during World War II, entering every branch of the military and fighting on every front. G.I. Jews is about the struggles Jewish servicemen faced in fighting not only the enemy but also the anti-Semitism of their fellow American soldiers. Many of these young men entered the service taking their Jewish identity for granted, but their experiences — being forced to eat non-kosher food, contending with anti- Semitism and racism, confronting the devastation in the concentration camps — were their initiation into “Jewish manhood and responsibility.” Deborah Dash Moore, Professor of Religion at Vassar College, is uniquely qualified to write about this subject. As part of her research, Moore drew on oral interviews, memoirs and letters of her father, Martin Dash, as well as 14 other Jewish veterans of World War II. Bibliography, illustrations, index, notes.
GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation
Mo Alter was a retired educator with degrees from Brooklyn College and the University of Miami. He served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He passed away in early May, 2006, at 91 years of age.
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