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The Jewish soldier who sent a message to Hilter and the world

The Jewish soldier who sent a message to Hilter and the world

(Writer’s Note: During my three decades with NBC, I have had the opportunity to speak to presidents, business and military leaders, famous athletes, movie stars and, unfortunately, those who have caused great pain to entire families and communities However, upon reflection, I think Sgt. Daniel Jacobson rivals the great positive influencers I discovered this 105 year old man. I was with his granddaughter at the United States Supreme Court, as two of the FIU College of Law graduates took the oath to practice law before the High Court. the Air Force over Iraq was nothing compared to what Sgt Jacobson experienced in World War II, and my respect for all the men and women of the Army and Marines of all generations has no limits. Jacobson, in a way, took all the atrocities directed against millions of Jews and, with the stroke of his pen, taught Adolph Hitler, and everyone who thought and think, like him, that hatred and racism will never win. age. It was an honor to share his birthday with him and to share his legacy with you on the anniversary of his calligraphy.)

Music plays and screams of happy birthday fill the room. Yes, there are a lot of birthdays, but this is one that most of us will never see. It’s Daniel Jacobson’s 105th birthday. He is the Jewish American soldier who survived his journey in World War II fighting the Germans and made history by sending a very personal message about overcoming the atrocities of Adolf Hitler. It was a written message from a very unlikely place: under Hitler’s personal letterhead. Monday, May 6, marks the 79th anniversary of Jacobson’s writing. Recently, he exclusively told Miami Community News’ In the Know, “I mean, I completely forgot about it. I’m really surprised the letter was saved.

But his writings have survived nearly eight decades to motivate people of the Jewish faith and all those fortunate enough to learn of Jacobson’s fascinating adventure. We spoke to Jacobson from where he currently resides, the Oakmonte Village resort in central Broward County, Florida. Records show that Jacobson entered the Army on January 14, 1941. “And when I was drafted, I wasn’t smart enough at that time to know what I was going to get into,” he said. Jacobson said. At first he wasn’t impressed. “I wanted to get out of it. I had enough and when we went there we were totally unprepared for anything,” he said. “We used broom handles for guns. It was starting from scratch. Regardless of his thoughts on their preparation, Jacobson first went into combat when his unit landed in Sicily in the summer of 1943. They began fighting on the Italian peninsula. “I had seen so much and read so much about what was going on and everything that was going on there, I said I was creeps. There is no question of me coming back,” he told us. Hitler had already taken control of much of Europe and was forcing Jewish businesses to close and Jewish property owners to vacate their properties. In time, Jacobson would see firsthand the depth of Hitler’s ultimate evils that were underway.

Back home in Oklahoma, readers learned all about Sergeant Jacobson in the newspaper.

Its 45th Infantry Division moved to France. Battles have forged unbreakable bonds.

“You had your friends there and I’ll tell you this: you supported them and they protected yours. There was loyalty there. We were a unit. I mean, we trusted each other,” he said. The 45th made its way to Germany. The Allies were winning. “We got it and we were all thrilled,” Jacobson said. “There was just happiness, people, it’s just a sense of relief within you that you’ve never felt before.”

On April 29, 1945, his unit liberated the 30,000 prisoners from the Dachau extermination camp, near Munich. Jacobson told us there was nothing in advance that prepared them for what they would eventually discover. “No, it was routine. It was routine. I mean, we got our orders. We did what we did,” he said. But once inside the camp, what Jacobson experienced was the only thing his son passed on to him, it’s what he didn’t will not even speak 79 years later.

Of all that happened, the letter Jacobson wrote to his wife is what cemented him in history. Charged with guarding Adolf Hitler’s residence in Munich, which survived the Allied bombings, he took the opportunity to visit Hitler’s office and collect the German dictator’s emblazoned stationery. “I saw something stationary there. I picked up some stationary items. There were stamps there that had Hitler’s swastika on them. I took all that… and then when I looked at the stationery and I see it’s Adolph Hitler. I had a tug. I can’t say no, but I told myself that what I thought of him was blasphemy. And a Jew picked up his personal stationery and wrote letters on it to my wife and all my friends,” Jacobson said. Her now famous writing begins: “May 6, 1945: Dear Julia, And so Hitler’s precious stationery came to this. Jacobson went on to write: “Well, in my first paragraph to my wife, I wrote that Hitler would turn in his grave if he knew that a Jew was writing on his personal stationery and recounting his defeat . “The stamps show that the letter to Julia arrived by plane, and that Daniel also wrote others. We asked him if he realized he was writing history. “No, no, I thought I wanted revenge on Hitler for what he had done and we took revenge,” he said.

His letter is displayed in Washington for all to see at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum – the letter found 50 years after he wrote it by his children. “We are so honored by everything my grandfather did with his life,” said Jessie Saiontz, Jacobson’s granddaughter. “It means to the world that he is still with us and he is always with us. He’s an incredible, extraordinary human and he’s just an inspiration to everyone who knows him. His life of service serves as a reminder to people because his story reverberates through decades of each of our lives.

“Danny had the unique experience of invading Hitler’s office,” Broward County Commissioner Steve Geller said. For his birthday, the accolades came from the county where Jacobson lives. “It’s signed by Nan Rich, the mayor of Broward County. Congratulations,” Geller said, to applause from family and spectators. And that was not all. “Danny was able to get Hitler’s stationery,” Davie Mayor Judy Paul said. She also gave Jacobson carte blanche for his birthday. “So you have a whole weekend named for you,” Paul said to applause. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who visited the World War II veteran, sent honors from her district and Congress. Jacobson was surrounded by his children, grandchildren and close friends. He became emotional as he reflected on his life’s adventure. “This is all like a dream to me right now. I can’t believe this is happening. I don’t deserve all this. All I did was what 100,000 others did and they get no credit for it. All have given their lives for this country and some do not believe that this country is good – get out,” he said emphatically.

Drawing on his experiences 80 years ago, Jacobson worries about the world today. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is just one of his concerns. Jacobson sees the potential for a tragic repeat of history.

The first page of Sgt. Jacobson’s letter to his beloved wife from Hitler’s stationery

“We fought for democracy,” Jacobson said. “Right now people don’t even know about Dachau or anything. They have no knowledge… The story is there,” he said with disgust. “If our allies can’t trust us, it’s over. I mean right now we’re on the verge of it and I dream about it almost every night. “And here at home, with the January 6 riots and the deep political divisions in America, Jacobson is not biting his tongue. “No one knows how close we are to becoming a dictatorship. Nobody realizes these things,” he said. We asked the former Army sergeant if that meant he thought the United States was fragile at this point. “Very,” he said. “There are so many bright, brilliant, intelligent people who can’t see it. They can’t see what was said in the newspapers – it was on television, I mean what is being said about this country – to make this America better. America was good before, it is good now, but what it will be, time will tell. » He concluded: “I am very scared. » Our time with him ended with Jacobson expressing learned fear from a man who, most say, has seen it all and has now lived 105 years to tell about it.

Watch this remarkable story on In the know with Willard Shepard on Youtube!

Special thanks to Christopher Colombus High School multimedia journalist: Sebastian Broche, camera and editing, Matthew Quesada, lighting, and Gabriel Fraga, camera.

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