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

By Milton J. Rosen

Throughout 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 ny, documenting his wartime reviews in addition to these of the servicemen lower than his care. Rosen used to be between these approximately stuck within the chinese language entrapment of yankee and Allied forces in North Korea in overdue 1950, and a few of his such a lot poignant writing information the attempting conditions that confronted either squaddies and civilians in the course of that point. As chaplain, Rosen was once in a position to supply a distinct account of the yank 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 topic inside of those articles. Stanley R. Rosen has translated his father's articles into English and offers historical past on Milton Rosen's army provider prior to and after the Korean clash. He provides an introductory assessment of the struggle and comprises necessary maps and images. The sum is a readable account of conflict and its turmoil from an astute and compassionate observer.

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We smoked cigarettes, took a breath and looked around, wondering where we were. It was a clear, warm day. I observed the destruction of the large buildings, wrought by the bombardment of the American war ships. Hardly a brick lay atop of another. Day and night, the Koreans cleared the road of the rubble. I looked at the faces of the hundreds of Koreans, men, women, and children, walking the streets. They wear long, white kaftans, white as shrouds. The elders, with white beards, appear patriarchal, the simple masses, to the contrary, ragged and remote.

N. resolution of October 7 had called for a plan of reuni¤cation of the peninsula, with the establishment of appropriate political institutions, and ultimate withdrawal. The manner and timing of these events were left vague. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff were also less than precise in their interpretation of this mandate but appeared to favor caution with respect to any provocation of the Chinese. It was considered prudent that any signi¤cant advance to the area of the Yalu River be undertaken by ROK troops only.

S. Marines were in Wonsan on the east coast. Elements of the Seventh Division were north of them in Iwon, and the ROK I Corps was driving ever higher on the northeast coast. N. resolution of October 7 had called for a plan of reuni¤cation of the peninsula, with the establishment of appropriate political institutions, and ultimate withdrawal. The manner and timing of these events were left vague. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff were also less than precise in their interpretation of this mandate but appeared to favor caution with respect to any provocation of the Chinese.

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