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Oral history interview with Donald Butler

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.321.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0673

Donald Butler, born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1919, discusses his Orthodox upbringing; his religious education; being called for service in WWII in 1942; receiving only six weeks of training in a Virginia military camp; his assignment as vice-chaplain to Protestant Army Chaplain Eccles for the Jewish troops; traveling to Morocco on the British ship the Empress of Scotland; being stationed in Casablanca, Morocco; the warm welcome American troops received from Jews of Morocco and Algeria; the Allied invasion of Italy; being stationed in Florence and Rome; the challenge of abiding Jewish dietary laws while stationed during the war; receiving special leave to go to Palestine in 1945; returning to Italy to work with the UNRHA and hearing stories from Jewish survivors; returning to the United States in January 1946; and his role in helping convince Haiti to vote in favor of the creation of the State of Israel at the UN in 1948.


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Interviewee
Donald Butler
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
interview:  2012 August 21
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 digital files : WMA.
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-27 12:51:03
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