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


the commonwealth war graves commission maintains graves for fallen soldiers of britain and the commonwealth countries (canada, australia, new zealand, india, etc.) all over the world. they replace lost or damaged stones, and have also fixed mistakes, such as jewish service personnel buried with the wrong kind of marker. unfortunately, i know of at least one case where the jewish graves were vandalized in a small military cemetery in the aegean.

if you know the location, you should be able to contact the organization which maintains that cemetery, and hopefully they will cooperate in having the stone changed.

....... tom klein, toronto

Nicole Heymans wrote:

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?

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