Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy New Year?

Dec. 31, 1943 This newsreel sums up the war in 1943. Ahead lies an invasion of Europe and an increasingly tough war in the Pacific. Ahead, too, lies the end of my father’s enforced furlough of three months between leaving … Continue reading

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Plea to America’s leaders: Tell us what things are going to cost!

Thursday, Dec 30, 1943 With Hanukkah and Christmas over, Americans were focused again on the war and, particular, the prospect of the invasion of Europe. That prospect led to this appeal from the Editors of The New York Times (p.16): … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Night Eight and an Early Bird Special

Wednesday, Dec 29, 1943 The Jewish Festival of Lights ends tonight but there has been little mention of the horrific conditions Jews face in Europe. On the Home Front, there is now a labor truce as most of the 170,000 … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Night Seven and how to handle women (workers)

Tuesday, Dec 28, 1943 Men and women are different. At least that’s the conclusion reached by the Office of Defense Transportation. This study will lead to specific suggestions for the transportation industry, according to the New York Times today (p … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Night 6 and the fate of the “lucky” Scharnhorst

Monday, Dec 27, 1943 As my father waited out the three months before he could enlist, he might have had mixed feelings about the latest news: Eisenhower has said, “… we will win the European war in 1944.” Asa Hanukkah … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Night Five, Boxing Day, and the Death of Santa

Sunday, Dec 26, 1943 According to Swedish sources, German children were told several days ago that Santa was killed on the Eastern Front so there would be few presents to unwrap Christmas morning. While King George of England gave a … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Night Four: A knight to the rescue?

Saturday, Dec 25, 1943 If it was a good year in the store, my mother and her family would be celebrating too but always mindful of family back in Europe. There, Jews continue to celebrate Hanukkah in any way they … Continue reading

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