Titel: GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation
Autor/en: Deborah Dash Moore
HARVARD UNIV PR
April 2006 - kartoniert - 352 Seiten
Whether they came from Sioux Falls or the Bronx, over half a million Jews entered the U.S. armed forces during World War II. Moore offers an unprecedented view of the struggles these GI Jews faced, on and off the battlefield.
Preface The Men 1. War and Identity 2. Joining Up 3. Eating Ham for Uncle Sam 4. Crossing Over 5. Worshipping Together 6. Under Fire 7. Liberation and Revelation 8. Coming Home Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Illustration Credits Index
Deborah Dash Moore is Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan.
Serving in WWII made American Jewish soldiers feel both more Jewish and more American, writes historian Moore in this insightful study. Relying mainly on memoirs and oral interviews of 15 veterans, Moore shows how many of them had taken their Jewish identity for granted in the Jewish enclaves where they grew up...The stories these soldiers tell are compelling, and Moore does an admirable job of knowing when to interpret and when to let the experiences speak for themselves. Publishers Weekly 20040719 In this impressively written book, Moore takes as her focus a number of Jewish individuals--among them rabbis, college graduates, manual laborers, and her own father--and demonstrates how military service in World War II transformed their worldviews. The transformation often began during military training, where many Jews broke out of their insular ethnic world and discovered the diversity of America. During their military service, they confronted anti-Semitism, racism, the fear of combat, the loneliness of being a minority, and the challenge of living a Jewish life in a military that regarded ham products as one of the four basic food groups. Moore's greatest strength is her ability to integrate the story of the individual into the wider issues facing America. In the process, she helps lay to rest the notion that there was a single Jewish response to the wartime experience. -- Frederic Krome Library Journal 20040801 Deborah Dash Moore tells [the] unique story [of 15 Jewish GIs] with eloquence and restraint. -- Irma Kurtz Jewish Chronicle 20050211 Moore has produced a lucid account of Jewish military service during World War II, telling her tale largely through the experiences of 15 Jewish soldiers, including her own father...Deborah Dash Moore ably conveys the subtleties and intricacies of why my father and others serving during World War II did not surrender or feel compelled to hide their Jewishness. Throughout her narrative, she points out that military service empowered these young men as Jews as well as Americans. -- Judy Bolton-Fasman Jerusalem Report 20050110 The great surprise of the season in World War II books is Deborah Dash Moore's wonderful GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation...It is an enjoyable read. Moore, a Vassar professor, writes well and knows how to tell a story...She has an eye for interesting characters and for what makes them interesting...She keeps up a lively pace and intersperses evocative vignettes with insightful analysis of what these Jewish troops' experiences meant to them, their families, their communities and the nation as a whole...For postwar generations, her book reveals how the experience of the war changed the generation that fought it and why it helped launch the civil rights movement, the Great Society and America's rise to global predominance. GI Jews should not be missed by anyone with an interest in World War II or the history of the American people. -- Kenneth M. Pollack Washington Post Book World 20050605 Moore's history demonstrates just how significant soldiering was to the full acceptance of Jews in the U.S...[A] trenchant and fluent book...As Moore deftly weaves a narrative from the varied experiences of her informants--tracking them from Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939 to battlefield victory and the liberation of the death camps in 1945--she refuses to merely celebrate. Her book includes instances of anti-Semitism in boot camp here and on the fronts overseas. In one especially searing moment, a Jewish chaplain is excluded from an ecumenical memorial service after the battle for Iwo Jima because he is an outspoken foe of racial segregation in the American military. Such unclouded vision makes Moore all the more credible in describing the more-common process of Jews proving their mettle to gentiles and securing their place in a more-tolerant postwar America. -- Samuel G. Freedman Chicago Tribune 20050612 Moore's greatest strength is her ability to integrate the story of the individual into the wider issues facing America. -- Frederic Krome Library Journal 20040801