Resource for WW 11 studies: 200+ WW 11 letters, narration, and transcripts

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Online Digital Resources
December 3, 2020
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Military History, World History / Studies


My father Ben Kaplow served as a messenger-cryptographer during WW11 in the US 3rd ARMY, 26th Infantry  (Yankee Division) 104th Regiment. 

We recovered 196 letters that he wrote home from basic training and from the battlefield to this parents, brother, and sisters and made a website of them including scans of each letter, a transcription, and an audio reading of each one. 

The site is here:

One of Ben's letters Jan 10, 1945  is part of a teacher's training guide of Norman Rockwell's art that was created by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Please see page 66 of Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

The letters are part of the collection at The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, along with Ben's other artifacts, some of which are on display.

My family is hoping that college professors and high school history teachers would like to use this site for their reseach and instruction.  Please feel free to do so and we would love to hear your feedback.

Thank You!

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