A conversation with the author Dr. Michael Greenberg and Jeremy Collins of the Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy
Tune in for a discussion of the little known group of Jewish soldiers in the US Army who were tasked with guarding German POWs and also with the process of reeducating them before they were returned to a defeated and peaceful Germany, the last of whom were sent 75 years ago.
As the systematic murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators was taking place, Jewish soldiers in the United States Army participated in guarding, healing, and reeducating of some of the four hundred thousand German prisoners of war (POW) held in camps scattered across the United States.
History has paid little attention to the participation of Jewish GIs at these camps and the role they played in preparing POWs to return and participate in a postwar democratic Germany. Very little is known about the experiences of these Jewish soldiers that prepared them to go face-to-face with German POWs, some of which were hardened Nazi party members.
Join us for an engaging conversation with the author, Dr. Michael Greenberg, whose father was one of those who served in a German POW camp.
Dr. Michael Greenberg is a retired food scientist who earned his PhD in Chemistry. In addition to having over 60 US patents, he has written numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in technical books. He is the Founder of Imagetripping LLC, a company providing technical consulting for the food industry, book publication and promotion, and travel photography services.