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Whether they came from Sioux Falls or the Bronx, over half a million Jews entered the U.S. armed forces during the Second World War. Uprooted from their working- and middle-class neighborhoods, they joined every branch of the military and saw action on all fronts. Deborah Dash Moore offers an unprecedented view of the struggles these GI Jews faced, having to battle not only the enemy but also the prejudices of their fellow soldiers.

Through memoirs, oral histories, and letters, Moore charts the lives of fifteen young Jewish men as they faced military service and tried to make sense of its demands. From confronting pork chops to enduring front-line combat, from the temporary solace of Jewish worship to harrowing encounters with death camp survivors, we come to understand how these soldiers wrestled with what it meant to be an American and a Jew.

Moore shows how military service in World War II transformed this generation of Jews, reshaping Jewish life in America and abroad. These men challenged perceptions of Jews as simply victims of the war, and encouraged Jews throughout the diaspora to fight for what was right. At the same time, service strengthened Jews' identification with American democratic ideals, even as it confirmed the importance of their Jewish identity. GI Jews is a powerful, intimate portrayal of the costs of a conflict that was at once physical, emotional, and spiritual, as well as its profound consequences for these hitherto overlooked members of the "greatest generation."

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Whether they came from Sioux Falls or the Bronx, over half a million Jews entered the U.S. armed forces during the Second World War. Deborah Dash Moore offers an unprecedented view of the struggles they faced, having to battle not only the enemy but also the prejudices of their fellow soldiers.

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2005 Washington Post Book World Rave, Nonfiction

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Listed among "Best Books of the Year" by the Washington Post Book World for 2005

About the Author

Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History at University of Michigan.

University of Michigan

Table of Contents

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674021020
Author:
Moore, Deborah Dash
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
History : Military - World War II
Subject:
History - Jewish
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 halftones
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in

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