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Lieutenant Birnbaum: A Soldier’s Story

Some people seem born to lead more interesting lives than others. Meyer Birnbaum is one of them.

Relive with him the crunching poverty of Brooklyn during the Depression. Experience his spiritual awakening in Young Israel.

Meet R’ Elchonon Wassserman, R’ Yitzchak Hutner, and Mike Tress through the eyes of an American teenager. Encounter the anti-Semitism of the American Army: Christian missionaries in sheep’s clothing, court-martial for wearing a yarmulke, fellow officers’ complaints about fighting “the Jews’ War”.

  • Be there at the liberation of Buchenwald and Ohrduff.
  • Hear the Klausenberger Rebbe rekindle the flame of emunah (faith) in his overwhelming Kol Nidre drashah the first Yom Kippur after the liberation.
  • Gun running for the Hagannah
  • Teaching Israeli youngsters skills they will soon put to use in Israel’s War of Independence
  • Photographing corpses in Israeli morgues to bring the autopsy scandal to the attention of the world
  • Chauffeuring Mirrer Rosh Yeshivah Rabbi Beinush Finkel and countless others to the daily sunrise minyan at the Western Wall
  • Raising sixteen children of his own and providing a home to many others.

These are but a few of the chapters in Meyer Birnbaum’s fascinating life.



Meyer Birnbaum, Yonason Rosenblum



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