One hundred years ago the United States entered the great war that had been raging in Europe for four years.
A young Jewish man in New York found himself called upon by his adopted country to fight and perhaps die for it.
He had only been in the US for eight years after leaving Russia. All he had ever seen of America was the Lower East Side and his workbench in a watch factory.
How does one find meaning in the sacrifice you are being asked to make?
He survived the war, and in 1923 he published his memoir of his time in the army from basic training to the battlefields of St. Mihiel and the Argonne Woods.
The memoir was published in the Yiddish language.
I have just completed a translation of the book into English, and I am making it available for download, free to anyone who has an interest in Jewish and American history.
Of particular interest to this Forum will be the author's descriptions of his interactions with German prisoners. The Jewish soldiers were often put in charge of the prisoners because most knew Yiddish and could communicate with the Germans.
The entire book is available for download here: http://dansetzer.us/cohen/
The book is available in both PDF and ePUB formats.