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

By Milton J. Rosen

Through 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 big apple, documenting his wartime stories in addition to these of the servicemen below his care. Rosen used to be between these approximately stuck within the chinese language entrapment of yank and Allied forces in North Korea in overdue 1950, and a few of his so much poignant writing info the making an attempt conditions that confronted either infantrymen and civilians in the course of that point. As chaplain, Rosen used to be capable of provide a different account of the yankee Jewish adventure at the frontlines and within the usa army whereas additionally describing the effect of the yank presence on Korean electorate and their tradition. His curiosity in Korean attitudes towards Jews can also be an important subject inside of those articles. Stanley R. Rosen has translated his father's articles into English and offers history on Milton Rosen's army carrier sooner than and after the Korean clash. He offers an introductory assessment of the warfare and comprises beneficial maps and images. The sum is a readable account of conflict and its turmoil from an astute and compassionate observer.

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Some feared the ship might turn around. 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.

Many could not be brought out in time, and they simply froze to death. A hospital doctor told me that about eleven hundred soldiers had been brought here in the course of half a day. Not far from the hospital lies the cemetery, where new graves are dug daily. The area of the cemetery grows larger every day, and the wounded men can see through the hospital windows, as each new grave is prepared. I am unable to understand how an architect could plan a cemetery directly opposite the hospital. Such an architect must have been the servant of the devil.

M. , eight hours, countless small boats were transporting great numbers of men, packed like herring. The debarkation was made more arduous on an individual level by the necessity to descend from the ship carrying heavy baggage on the shoulders. Clambering down the ladders required acrobatic skill. As it happened, I was on the last boat to leave the ship, a circumstance that really made it nearly impossible to make landfall, as the water level had dropped very low. It continued to drop, and we noted muddy strips of land appearing far from the shore.

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