Monthly Archives: November 2014

“Another War Winter”

Monday, Nov. 30, 1942 “Another War Winter” was the headline of a New York Times article. While living circumstances in America were positively luxurious compared to Europe and Asia, the article still bemoaned “our second war winter with gasoline fuel, … Continue reading

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Dining With the King and Queen of England

Friday, Nov. 27, 1942 The New York Times was filled with uplifting stories about Thanksgiving celebrations for “our boys.” Even Buckingham Palace got into the act! More than 200 US officers along with 26 nurses were guests. In Westminster Abbey, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day, 1942

Thursday, Nov. 26, 1942 Let’s put aside war news and even family news for a day and consider what Thanksgiving Day used to mean. I know it has become fashionable to mock Norman Rockwell’s vision of the family gathered around … Continue reading

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Himmler and Poland

Wednesday, November 25, 1942 Today, the day before Thanksgiving, The New York Times carried a blood-chilling announcement from Heinrich Himmler. The headline on page 10: “Himmler Program Kills Polish Jews” and below that “Slaughter of 250, 000 in Plan to … Continue reading

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Coming to America

Friday, November 20, 1942 I picture my mother standing side by side with her mother lighting the Sabbath candles. Only this time I picture my father with her. Friday night dinners were both a sacred and secular ritual. Before the … Continue reading

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The End of the War?

Monday, Nov. 16, 1942 Jubilation! After a long war-imposed silence, The New York Times reported, church bells were allowed to ring in celebration of the victories in North Africa. The Second Front would surely hasten the end of the war. … Continue reading

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Back To The Future

Sunday, Nov. 15, 1942 My father is now arriving in New York’s original Pennsylavnia. My mother will be waiting for him as he comes up the ramp. They will celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends and spend the rest of … Continue reading

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