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This originally appeared at the Huffington Post website for Veterans Day.  Maybe it is appropriate to share for Thanksgiving. The author contacted me in 2007 when news of our first reunion went viral  in the Associated Press. Later, in 2009, he was invited to a gathering of the soldiers who saved his father and other […]

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Meet my friend Frank. He’s 97. The story continues…. from the Boston Globe. WW2 liberator reunites with Holocaust survivors By Victoria Bedford | Globe Correspondent   October 12, 2014 “If not now, when?’’ asked Rabbi Joel Sisenwine, quoting from Hillel the Elder, a revered Jewish leader who lived at the time of King Herod. “If not […]

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Thanks to Alan Smason for a nice article. I have added some clarifying remarks in brackets for posterity and additional accuracy. Soldiers, survivors converge in Louisville April 19, 2013 By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN Frank Towers remembers the day through the haze of 68 years, a footnote at the end of World War II. Matt Rozell was […]

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Friday the 13th. This account comes to me from a survivor’s son who lives in Hungary. He had read of Carrol Walsh’s passing on the internet and contacted me. It is Carrol who is commanding one of these tanks. Sgt. George Gross commanded the other, and took photographs. I just came across this website . […]

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Just when you think that maybe things are “quieting down”,  an email comes in your inbox again. At Thanksgiving Time. Can’t wait to speak to Kurt. In the meantime, read below. He has to be around the 230th survivor of the train to make our acquaintance…good work Frank and Varda! Frank, you never cease to […]

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Dear Mr. Rozell,  My grandfather, Luca Furnari, is 90 years old and served in the 95th medical battalion with Mr. Gantz at Hillersleben. He has a number of photographs from this period.  For many years he has thought about trying to find a particular young girl who he helped sneak extra rations to at the […]

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I interviewed a Holocaust refugee and another liberator on Friday last… rolled into one! A special man. A German Jew whose father was mortally injured on Kristalnacht, Henry Birnbrey was sponsored and got out of Germany as a young teen and was given special permission from FDR to join the Army-previously classified “enemy alien” for his German birth- […]

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Today I was visiting links on the Internet related to oral history projects. The description I found below intrigued me-interviews recorded in the summer of 1946. “Voices of the Holocaust – Online repository that contains audio clips and transcripts of interviews done by Dr. David Boder of Holocaust survivors in 1946. The mission of Voices […]

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Ned and I are here in Savannah GA enjoying the hospitality of Carol Thompson and Jack  Sullivan as they host the annual 30th Infantry Division Veterans of WW2 reunion. At the reception desk I am greeted by Frank and Mary Towers, who are marking their sixty ninth anniversary together at the desk. There are at least a  […]

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I got a comment on a post yesterday from a professed “skeptic” who does not leave a name, of course (they never do), nor does he share his name at his website, though on his “About” page he does reveal that it  “is about Holocaust history and what I see as malign political influences that […]

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