Recipe for Spirit in Honor of Veteran’s Day
Today is Veteran’s Day when we honor all of the men and women who have pledged to serve our country. Did you know that perhaps only 10% remain of the magnificent population that lived through the world-gone-mad war era of the 1940’s? About 8 years ago my husband read a statistic that WW2 veterans were passing away at the rate of about 1,000 per day. This galvanized him to document the story of 45 men and women who played a role in the war via videotaped interviews.
This project also had a personal appeal as he wanted to have living histories from both of our fathers, who had served in the Army Air Corps, His Dad was a pilot who is now 95; Mine, who is 91 barely escaped Nazi Germany, being a Jew who was born in Hamburg to Eastern European parents. In his interview he shares how left Germany on a ship barely 2 weeks after the Kristallnacht pogrom and joined the army of his adopted new country a few years later. Since my mother’s Holocaust history was much grimmer, the war was not a permissible topic of discussion in my childhood, so this gave me an opportunity to learn more about his life.