Jewish Aviators in World War II: Personal Narratives of American Men and Women

Jewish Aviators in World War II: Personal Narratives of American Men and Women

by Bruce H. Wolk

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More than 150,000 American Jews served in the air war during World War II. Despite acts of heroism and commendations, they were subject to bigotry and scorn by their fellow servicemen. Jews were sometimes characterized as disloyal and cowardly, malingering in the slanderous (and non-existent) “Jewish Quartermaster Corps” or sitting out the war in easy assignments. Based on interviews with more than 100 Jewish air veterans, this oral history features the recollections of pilots, crew members and support personnel in all theaters of combat and all branches of the service, including Jewish women of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The subjects recall their combat experiences, lives as POWs, and anti–Semitism in the ranks, as well as human interest anecdotes such as encounters with the Tuskegee Airmen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476623559
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/09/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bruce H. Wolk is a fiction and nonfiction writer living in Denver, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword by Sheldon A. Goldberg 1
Preface 2
1. Where We Came From 5
2. The War Within 10
3. The Stars on My Wings—Europe 33
4. The Stars on My Wings—the Pacific and CBI 73
5. “H” Stands for Hebrew 98
6. My Brother’s Keeper 140
7. The Return 166
Epilogue 189
Appendix I: Roster of Interviewees 191
Appendix II: An Interview with Philip L. Elbaum, LCSW 199
Appendix III: The Fate of Downed Allied Airmen in Germany in World War II 201
Chapter Notes 203
Bibliography 212
Index 213

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