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Jewish American Women in World War II

Images of American Jewish Women and World War II: The stories and documents of American Jews who lived through World War II, as well as the materials they saved from the war years, are in danger of being lost forever.
The Jewish Women’s Archive is dedicated to uncovering, chronicling, and transmitting to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women. One of the first Jewish organizations to recognize and invest in the potential of the Internet for academic, cultural, archival, and educational purposes, JWA continues to use technology to collect and share Jewish women's stories. Its innovative website, jwa.org, provides free access to a wide range of resources on American Jewish women, past and present, celebrated and unknown.
16th General Hosp Nurses, Jan 1944
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Ida Fieldman March 1945

Ida was a 2nd Lt. Army Nurse stationed in US. She took care of the men from overseas...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within th... more

Sylvia Gordon, n.d.

Jewish Nurses WWII..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reprod... more

Three women near a field

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Pvt. Thelma Klein, United States Marine Corps Women's Reserves

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WAVES off duty in Bethesda, MD

"We were just having fun on a day we were off duty. We are posed in our "skivvies" to be funny. Their two friends came to our 50th Anniversary Party." ..Taken behind the barracks, Petunia Ba... more

Irving home on furlough; Paratrooper in 82nd Airborne.

Firestation Tower in background N. Main Street and 5th. ..Written on the back: "Nathan Sadernsky/Enlisted in the Navy./Received a medical discharge because/ he was not well."..From L to R: Irving Sade... more

Sarah Brody, Army Nurses Corp

"I didn't wear this uniform very much because I wore fatigues during the war (the khakis). In the Army Nurse Corps we automatically are 2nd Lieutenants. There was so much anti-Semitism. Three Christian do... more

Marjorie Leichner Rafal

She wrote during the war...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality... more

Libby Misses Paul

"My mother in law, Elise (Rachel) Wolfberg, is looking at her son, Paul who is in uniform. She came to the US as a young girl from Russia. She doted on him. The younger brother enlisted in the Navy during ... more

Ruth Kaufman's Wedding 2

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Selma Stein in her bathing suit

Selma wrote to soldiers overseas. She sent them this picture to cheer them up...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit... more

Last Night in the WAVES

"We felt like big shots - we had a lot of fun. We mainly went to drink!" ..At Cafe Zanzibar, Broadway & 49th...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you ... more

ID Badge for MIT Radiation Lab.

Sylvia Simes was trained as a Jr. Technician and worked in the Radio Frequency Group at MIT during World War II. "This was probably taken the first day. YOu could get in with out it. It was all very hush h... more

Jewish Welfare Board cookout for soldiers

Written on the back: "A candid camera study" .By Edward Saxe 2516 Main St. Hartford, Conn. Tel. 2-8560..From L to R: Nathan Katz, Elizabeth Katz, Melvin Wiseman Title..Collection of The Jewish Histori... more

Bernice Pizer Shaker, n.d.

Jewish Nurses WWII..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reprod... more

Selma Stein and friend

Selma Stein and a friend standing in front of a picture of President Roosevelt...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spiri... more

Donald Rothman and sister Libby

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Jean Weil's father, Isaac Stecker wearing his Air Raid warden uniform.

"I remember my father used to say that he loved the quiet that resulted from the air raid. I was very proud of my father. The uniform was navy."..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater... more

Out for the day sightseeing in summer uniforms

From L to R: Shirley Cohan Seltzer. Elleen Stolses, Sue..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certai... more

Ruth Kaufman & her husband, 1942

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Radio Frequency Group # 53, MIT Radiation Laboratory

Group picture of the Radiation Laboratory Radio Frequency Group # 53. Sylvia (Meltzer) Simes is in the 2nd row, 8th from the right...We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Comm... more

Out for the Day

"We became good friends stayed in touch. Two Jewish girls in barracks -- all very nice girls. No anti-semitism."..From L to R: Else, Helen, far right Shirley Cohen Seltzer..Collection of The Jewish Hi... more

Home from WAVES on leave

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Civilian Air Patrol pin

Civilian Air Patrol pin worn by Sylvia Simes. She paid for her own flying lessons. ..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reprod... more

Ruth Kaufman at her wedding

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Helga Rome's Passport

"After Kristallnacht, my grandmother went to Brazil and then we sponsored her to come here. It was difficult at the beginning for me. School was difficult, language was hard. But we graduated at 16. My fat... more

Helga Rome in front of family chicken coop

"My parents had a chicken farm. I did whatever was necessary -- feed the chickens, clean the coop, vaccinate chickens, grade the eggs on a scale. My father died suddenly, he couldn't get used to the work..... more

Jane Field 1940's Pratt and Whitney Inspector 3rd from right

Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions of the origi... more

Juliette Greene

Juliette Greene was recruited from college. "It was a happy experience when I made it. Of course I was scared too."..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for yo... more

Ambulance Fund

Manya Gerson raises funds for the Polish Ambulance, 1941..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions of the original phy... more

Gloria in Victory Garden Sept 1, 1942

Gloria was taught how to ration. She also went to the dances to boost morale...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit ... more

Libby Wolfberg in her Hawaiian outfit from Paul

"I met my husband Paul in 1942 -- I was 19. They sent him to training school in Paterson. Someone I met told him to meet me. He went to Utah for training and then the South Pacific. We fell in love by let... more

Libby and sister off to volunteer at the Barnett Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey

"When we started at the end of 1941, older women were home baking. I was younger and went to YMHA in Paterson for social lessons & dances. We helped at the hospital and were wearing our uniforms. There... more

Ruth Kaufman & a Private who was killed, 1942

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Ruth Kaufman & her husband on the lawn, 1942

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Ruth Kaufman, 1942

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1942 American Red Cross Canteen Corps

[typewritten note taped to back of photograph:].American Red Cross Canteen Corps. World War II..Left to right:.Bottom row:Felice Slovene, Lil Becker Diamonstein, Sophia Elserman-Fleischer, Brunette Eisenman Kau... more

Ruth Kaufman with her father and brother, 1942

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Sarah Brody 1943

Sarah Brody (left) and her friend wearing their nurses uniforms...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Common... more

Libby Adler with Julian Denver CO Jul 28, 1943

Libby and Julian Adler enjoying romantic times...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restri... more

Edie Gersen and AS Stanley Yokell, Elizabethtown, NY

Edie Gerson and Apprenctice Seaman Stan Yokell during their courtship, August 1943..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reprodu... more

Libby & Julian Adler in Denver, Colorado

Libby went with Julian's mother to visit him while he was stationed in Denver. They eloped. His mother tried to convince them not to get married but they did. Libby was 19 and Julian 20. This picture was ta... more

Sylvia Greenbaum Novarr, WWII

Sylvia was sworn into the WAVES in 1943...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions ... more

Rebecca Wolinsky 1943

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Jewish Welfare Board parents involved in effors to provide Jewish services to soldiers at Bradley Field.

"My parents were involved in efforts to provide Jewish services to soldiers at Bradley Field."..L to R: Fanchen Hartman Title, Abraham Shapiro..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater H... more

Phil Bayer, Lillian Bayer 1944

Lillian Bayer worked at Pratt and Whitney as a secretary during the war...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of Th... more

Alice Milerkowsky 1944

"I went into the WAC-Army because the Navy wouldn't accept me because I wore glasses."...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital imag... more

Edith & Stan Yokell Wedding Pic

April 27, 1944..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions of the original physical version of apply though; if you're u... more

Elaine during World War II

Elaine was young during this time but still helped the war effort by rationing and knitting...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image wit... more

Main Street East Side - Harvard, Nabraska (pop 700)

"We would walk from the airfield to town, and that was all they had. We had a little apartment there, they built them for the wives. Julian (Adler) was stationed there in the Army Air Force for about seven... more

Chow time in Normandy Cow Pasture

Chow time, no mess tents available...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on hi... more

1944 Passover for members of the Armed Services in Washington, DC

"When I got to the barracks, the first thing I was told was that I was in charge of the Jewish girls for Friday night services. My mother was very happy when I told her. We had Passover Seder at the Hotel ... more

Marnie Plonsky filling canteen

Marnie Plonsky is filling a canteen from a Lister Bag in Normandy...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Comm... more

Muriel in uniform

Nurse during the war-overseas...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high qu... more

Leah Spector August 20, 1944

Leah Spector tending her Victory Garden...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions ... more

Doing laundry in a helmet

Muriel Engelman's service friend, Jan Shimp doing laundry in a steel helmet in a Normandy Cow Pasture. Note the laundry hanging out to dry on the tent ropes...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Grea... more

Rebecca Wolinsky

Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions of the origi... more

Muriel, Christmas Day, 1944

This photo was taken during the Battle of the Bulge. Muriel is holding a blackjack in her right hand and spring blade knife in her left pocket. This was given by patients for use against Germans if caught. Th... more

16th General Hosp Nurses, Jan 1944

Muriel was stationed overseas as a Army Nurse....Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restri... more

Gloria 1944

Gloria was taught how to ration. She also went to the dances to boost morale...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit ... more

Libby Adler and Ann Mitnick Greenspan

"Julian knew Ann's husband Bernard Greenspan from Hartford. We became good friends in Harvard. There was a third couple from New York. We were all close friends. At night we played cards and went to the mo... more

Sarah Brody in Germany, 1945

They were left behind by Patton and they were shot at a few minutes after this picture was taken. Sarah Brody is on the left...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for y... more

Sarah Brody waiting to cross Rhine River

Crossing the Rhine River..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality ... more

Sarah Brody- Washing clothes in France

Sarah Brody pictured washing clothes in a helmet with very little water...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of Th... more

ID Tag round disc with two holes worn by Irma Ruby

ID Tag round disc with two holes worn by Irma Ruby (maiden name) with date of birth, ID #, "N.Y.C.".."Worn as a bracelet with string & leather buckle, in case of a bombing during WWII. Irma R... more

Sarah Brody with her cousin Sam Axelrod.

Sarah Brody with her cousin Sam Axelrod, who was in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army after the war in Brussels..."He told stories about the Jewish Brigade in Italy using British Army trucks and putti... more

Diane Cohen Basch, Red Cross Uniform, 1945

Recreation Worker...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reprod... more

Lenore Gundersheimer 1945

Lenore was an Officer in the Navy in Miami, Florida. Her job was "breaking codes."..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image wit... more

Gladys Goldstein, n.d.

Jewish Nurses WWII..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reprod... more

Norma Bronstein 1945

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Julie Novick Greene (middle) circa 1945

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Ida Gitten Ginsburg, US Army Nurse, 1945

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Jean Weil on the S.S. Argentina, the first "GI Brides" ship

"I was one of 10 children and I was upset about leaving. I was leaving all of my siblings and parents behind in England." ..From left to right: Unidentified, Pearl Tish (Jean's best friend), Jean Stec... more

Doris Marens Konover at Cushing Hospital, Farmington 1946

Cushing Hospital, Farmington, CT...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high... more

Jean Weil in ABC studio making international phone call

"ABC contacted me to broadcast to England. ABC offered it studio for war brides phone calls abroad. I was excited to speak with my parents. I was thrilled to speak to my parents. I was homesick."..Fro... more

Camp Devens Photos

Army Nurse Corp...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reproduc... more

Doris Marens Konover, 1946

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Phyllis and Sey Lappen

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Irma Ruby wearing WAVE hat and holding Navy Purse (10 years old)

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Anne Ruby (mother), Ann Hersh (cousin) (WAVE), Norma Ruby (sister)

Irma (Ruby) Handel's family...Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high qual... more