A soldier's story. Growing up Jewish in America, liberating the
D.P. camps, and a new home in Jerusalem
By Meyer Birnbaum Yonason Rosenblum
Description: An elderly Chassidic rebbe sits in a wheelchair surrounded by his devoted followers.
Suddenly one of them whispers in his ear, “Oberleutenant Birnbuam
send regards.” The rebbe looks up and motions for the circle to
split for a tall, lanky man he saw more than thirty years earlier.
To the man’s “Shalom Aleichem,” the rebbe replies, “Yasher Koach.
Yasher Koach for what you did for us in Landsberg.”
The storekeeper in Meah Shearim asks, “Aren’t you Oberleutenant
Birnbaum?” Before his startled customer can even reply, he is
engulfed in a warm embrace, as the storekeeper shouts to his
amazed wife and son, “This man was our liberator!”
Some people seem born to lead more interesting lives than others.
Meyer Birnbaum is one of them.
Relive with him
the crunching poverty of Brooklyn during the Depression.
spiritual awakening in Young Israel, America’s first baal
Meet R’ Elchonon
Wassserman, R’ Yitzchak Hutner, and Mike Tress through the eyes
of an American teenager.
Encounter the anti-Semitism of the
American Army: Christian missionaries in sheep’s clothing,
court-martial for wearing a yarmulke, fellow officers’ complaints
about fighting “the Jews’ War”.
Be there at the liberation of
Buchenwald and Ohrduff.
Hear the Klausenberger Rebbe
rekindle the flame of emunah and bitachon in his overwhelming Kol
Nidre drashah the first Yom Kippur after the liberation.
Gun running for the Hagannah –
Teaching Israeli youngsters skills they will soon put to use in
Israel’s War of Independence – Photographing corpses in Israeli
morgues to bring the autopsy scandal to the attention of the world –
Chauffeuring Mirrer Rosh Yeshivah Rabbi Beinush Finkel and countless
others to the daily sunrise minyan at the Kosel – Raising sixteen
children of his own and providing a home to many others.