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GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II

WUCF Airdate: Wed., Apr. 11 at 10pm

About the Film:
GI Jews features more than 25 original interviews with veterans who speak candidly about the impact of their wartime experiences: Mel Brooks, who served in the Army; Henry Kissinger, a refugee from Nazi Germany who was drafted into the Army; Carl Reiner, the son of Jewish immigrants, who traveled throughout the Pacific theater with the Special Services Entertainment Unit; the late Bea Cohen, who was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in England; and Max Fuchs, who served in the 1st infantry division and was the cantor at a Jewish service in Aachen, Germany, broadcast by NBC in 1944.

Discover the story of the 550,000 brave Jewish Americans who served in World War II

STORIES FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA:

Space Coast Honor Flight:

Space Coast Honor Flight is part of a network of nonprofit organizations that takes U.S. military veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials of their respective wars. The trip is organized and carried out at no cost to the veterans.  Arthur Friedman, a Jewish World War II veteran, was one of 25 veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C, on a recent trip with the group based in Brevard County, Florida.  Friedman, who grew up in New York City, served in the Pacific during the war.

 

GI Jews: Harry Lowenstein - A Holocaust Survivor Remembers:

As a boy growing up in Germany, Harry Lowenstein experienced the rise of Adolf Hitler and the brutal treatment of Jews. In the early 1940s, Lowenstein, along with his father, mother and sister, were sent to Kaiserwald, a concentration camp in present-day Latvia. He worked in the camp’s auto garage, fixing automobiles. When he was liberated at age 13 in 1945, Lowenstein weighed 65 pounds. His mother, father and sister did not survive. Lowenstein lives in Kissimmee, Florida.

 

GI Jews: George Rosenfield’s Climb to Glory:

A native of Boston, George Rosenfield reported to the U.S. Army Ski Troops, later renamed the 10th Mountain Division, in 1944.  After learning to ski at unit training at Camp Hale in Colorado, Rosenfield was sent to Italy in early 1945. As part of the 85th Infantry Regiment, Rosenfield was part of Operation Encore, a series of attacks on the Germans that became known as the “Climb to Glory.” Rosenfield now lives in Melbourne, Florida, and is an active member of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.

 

GI Jews: George Braunstein's first experience in War:

George Braunstein has witnessed segregation and experienced antisemitism, but it hasn’t changed his love for America. Braunstein joined the U.S. Army at age 19. While on a march in France during World War II, Braunstein watched as a church steeple exploded, sending shrapnel in all directions. A piece of metal struck him, leaving a scar under his chin. It was his first experience in war. Braunstein, who lives in Orlando, Florida, later received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.