An American Rabbi in Korea: A Chaplain's Journey in the by Milton J. Rosen

By Milton J. Rosen

Throughout the peak of the Korean clash, 1950-51, Orthodox Jewish chaplain Milton J. Rosen wrote 19 feature-length articles for Der Morgen Zhornal, a Yiddish day-by-day in manhattan, documenting his wartime stories in addition to these of the servicemen lower than his care. Rosen used to be between these approximately stuck within the chinese language entrapment of yankee and Allied forces in North Korea in past due 1950, and a few of his so much poignant writing information the making an attempt conditions that confronted either infantrymen and civilians in the course of that point. As chaplain, Rosen used to be in a position to provide a special account of the yank Jewish adventure at the frontlines and within the usa army whereas additionally describing the impression of the yank presence on Korean electorate and their tradition. His curiosity in Korean attitudes towards Jews is usually an important topic inside of those articles. Stanley R. Rosen has translated his father's articles into English and gives historical past on Milton Rosen's army carrier prior to and after the Korean clash. He provides an introductory evaluate of the conflict and contains worthwhile maps and images. The sum is a readable account of struggle and its turmoil from an astute and compassionate observer.

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We wait long hours, without the slightest indication that we might expect a second train. Meanwhile, it grows dark. The cold becomes bitterer. We tear out strips of wood from the broken columns of the station. We start ¤res and warm ourselves around them. Each soldier takes out a can of rations, cooks supper, and eats with great appetite. Hundreds of Korean children, nearly naked, dirty, hungry, gather around us. They wait for us to throw away the empty cans, so they can use them for their meal.

We appreciated the protection. Although we were armed with ri®es and pistols, we knew that guerrilla bands inhabiting the mountains could suddenly attack. The aircraft were our guardian angels. The train moved slowly past the outskirts of Inchon. Along the way, hundreds of people greeted us with waves of their hands. They wished us luck in the war, which we conduct to bring them freedom. The soldiers threw candy and cigarettes through the windows. We passed the straw roofed huts. Amidst the dirt and squalor, which struck our eyes as we passed, there stood a handsome woman, well dressed, smiling and waving to us from her well-kept balcony.

It did not. For Chaplain Rosen, however, the time at home would be very short. 2 Der Morgen Zhornal Der Morgen Zhornal, known in English as the Jewish Morning Journal, and later, as the Jewish Journal and Daily News, was established in 1901 in New York, and for a time was the only morning Yiddish newspaper. Early in the century, it took over the editorial and classi¤ed advertisement departments of the previously prominent Tageblat (Daily Bulletin), and shared its orthodox philosophy. Its principal competition was provided by the two other prominent dailies, Der Tog (The Day), started around the onset of World War I in New York City, and the well-known Forverts (Forward), also published in New York from 1897.

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