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

Nicole Heymans

Jan Meisels Allen wrote:
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.

Thank you Jan for your post and the link to the JPOST article about Operation Benjamin. This has given me ideas.

My maternal grandmother's brother was an auxiliary doctor in the German army in WWI and was killed in July 1918 in Northern France and buried there under a cross. The story goes that my ggfather, a very devout Jew, told the family his son had been killed somewhere on the Eastern front and his burial place was unknown. My ggfather had a memorial stone set up on the family grave in Weissensee cemetary, with an epitaph describing his son as an "unerschütterlich treue Deutscher" (an adamantly faithful German) whose heart was in Israel.

Is Operation Benjamin restricted to American soldiers killed in WWII? Does anything similar exist for WWI and for participants in other armies?

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium


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