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Oral history interview with Donald Butler

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

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    Oral history interview with Donald Butler


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Donald Butler
    Peggy Frankston
    interview:  2012 August 21

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    Oral histories.
    2 digital files : WMA.

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    Butler, Donald, 1919-

    Administrative Notes

    Peggy Frankston, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Donald Butler in Pittsburg, PA on August 21, 2012. This interview is part of a series of USHMM-produced interviews about Jewish life in countries in North Africa during the Holocaust.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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