GI Jews

Jewish Americans in World War II.

Featuring interviews with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, 104-year-old Bea Cohen and former Manhattan DA Robert M. Morgenthau.

Comments (6)

(6) Faith, November 27, 2015 2:38 AM

I am Jewish, was in the Army & stationed in Germany from 1978-1981

My husband at the time (Also in the Army, but not Jewish) were stationed in Germany and lived in a small town near Vieheim. I never told our landlord I was Jewish because there was much anti-semitism in FGR. I would look over the rooftops where I lived and therer were still huge holdes where we bombed the hell out of the area. So, when my Mother visited us, when our soon-to-be "dual-country, son would be born, I told her, iin not so many terms,
do not out to stores speaking Yiddish.I was very concerned but did she listen? Nope! (Fortunately she didn't talk to many people.) We did go to synogue once; it was built way after the war and had a small congregation. On the wall were the names of from the congregation that had been murdered by the Nazi's. My Mother asked one older Jewish man why he stated in Germany. He replied that this (Germany) was his country and would never leave. He spoke for every Jew Isreal is "our" country and will never leave it, or our roots. We beat Hitlar -we are still here. Shalom

(5) Monroe Mayer, November 26, 2015 8:40 PM

Organization named Jewish War Veterans USA since 1896

Our organization Jewish War Veterans USA was formed by Civil War veterans as a result of stories that Jews didn't fight in that conflict. We are the oldest, active, veterans organization still in existence. Located in Washington DC, and we have a Jewish Military our headquarters.

(4) Howard Sanshuck, November 26, 2015 12:16 AM

Reply to Claidia Cotner

I disagree with Ms. Cotner's characterization of the service of Jewish veterans. I also think that one Does Not have to have performed military serviice whatever what religion they are, to be a valiant person and heroic. The homemaker who gives all to raise their children and make them people of good character, especially those with little money, are just as valiant as a veteran, even more so! As a Vietnam Veteran, I was a little upset with people like Jane Fonda, or those who went to Canada, but now I realize they also performed a service by opposing war. It is too bad the Palestinians cannot learn that lesson.

(3) Howard Sanshuck, November 24, 2015 5:11 PM

Jews In Vietnam

In my unit in Vietnam there were three of us who were Jewish. One time while hitching a ride which was allowed and military vehicles, US and South Vietnamese had to pick you up if you needed a ride and they were not on a mission, the driver was a Staff Sergeant named Cohen. He looked Jewish.

(2) Alan S., November 22, 2015 3:07 PM

Fascinating. Living History

A big thank you to for presenting this video. Definitely worth the subscription price just for this.

(1) Anonymous, November 22, 2015 10:17 AM

Incredible piece.

Thank you.


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