Category Archives: Jewish life in America during WW II

WW II was a perilous time for Jews even in the United States.

It’s Your America!

Friday, May 11, 1945 Here’s how we know it’s really over, says Daddy: 45,000 troops will return from Europe by the end of this month. Then they’ll be coming home at the rate of 10,000 a day. That’s 3,100,000 by … Continue reading

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The fighting ends, the infighting begins

Thursday, May 10, 1945 The combat may be ending overseas but it’s a real slugfest in San Francisco. Up for grabs is the shape of the world that will emerge from this war. The Soviets are already tightening their grip … Continue reading

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Pivot to Japan

Wednesday, May 9, 1945 It’s not really over, not with the war against Japan still to be settled. This phase of the war brings us into contact with a much different culture from the European heritage. Their way of fighting … Continue reading

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V-E Day!

Tuesday, May 8, 1945 We were so excited with Grandma’s visit and the news that I’m soon going to be a big sister, we didn’t follow the news the way we usually do. And now it really is over in … Continue reading

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Meeting T Rex

Monday, May 7, 1945 Here’s what’s funny about Grandma’s visit. Daddy wrote: “Last week we worked every day and night cleaning the house. I picked Mom up at the station, and what do you think was the first thing she … Continue reading

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Grandma’s here!

Sunday, May 6, 1945 Grandma’s here! Now I know why Mommy made that banana refrigerator cake. Daddy picked Grandma up at the railroad station last evening so she was here when I woke up this morning. Daddy wrote to his … Continue reading

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Banana Refrigerator Cake

Saturday, May 5, 1945 Eisenhower says the enemy is whipped! Millions of Nazis are surrendering. But our victory has brought a new problem: we are now feeding millions of people in Europe. The Nazis destroyed farms and field. They killed … Continue reading

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