(Philippines) Jewish Soldiers Buried Under a Cross Mistake Fixed after 75 Years

Jan Meisels Allen




Seventy-five years later a mistake has been rectified: Jewish WW ll soldiers buried under a cross are now buried under a Star of David headstone at the Manila American Cemetery. This is part of ongoing work of Operation Benjamin, a non-profit organization which identifies soldiers buried with the wrong religious markers. It was coordinated with the American Battle Monuments Commission.


The five soldiers gravesites are:

Private Allan C. Franken

Private Louis Wolf

Private Arthur Waldman

Lieutenant Robert S. Fink

Sergeant Jack Gilbert

To learn more about Operation Benjamin see:



Thank you to Rose Feldman, Israel Genealogy Research Association for sharing the information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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