An American Rabbi in Korea: A Chaplain's Journey in the by Milton J. Rosen

By Milton J. Rosen

Throughout the top of the Korean clash, 1950-51, Orthodox Jewish chaplain Milton J. Rosen wrote 19 feature-length articles for Der Morgen Zhornal, a Yiddish day-by-day in ny, documenting his wartime reviews in addition to these of the servicemen lower than his care. Rosen used to be between these approximately stuck within the chinese language entrapment of yankee and Allied forces in North Korea in overdue 1950, and a few of his such a lot poignant writing information the attempting conditions that confronted either squaddies and civilians in the course of that point. As chaplain, Rosen used to be in a position to supply a special account of the yank Jewish event at the frontlines and within the usa army whereas additionally describing the impression of the yankee presence on Korean electorate and their tradition. His curiosity in Korean attitudes towards Jews is additionally an important topic inside of those articles. Stanley R. Rosen has translated his father's articles into English and gives historical past on Milton Rosen's army carrier prior to and after the Korean clash. He provides an introductory evaluate of the warfare and contains precious maps and images. The sum is a readable account of warfare and its turmoil from an astute and compassionate observer.

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One heard no complaints from them. They waited patiently until they received help, each in his own turn. Some were totally silent—in their own world. The anguish and pain were severe. One did not eat or drink during these days and nights. A short nap substituted for true sleep.

There, another thousand passengers boarded, before we sailed off on a tranquil sea, arriving at the Korean Harbor of Inchon on the 10th of November. This was the very same port that had been invaded by the Americans on September 15, as a result of which the armies of North Korea had been entrapped. The invasion had opened the way to Seoul and the later breakthrough to the 38th parallel. It is characteristic of this harbor that no ship can anchor close to shore. Small boats are the only means of effecting a landing, and the success of the latter depends on the weather and the water level.

Every evening I would leave the camp and go for a walk through the streets of Pusan. Here in the city one sees a mixture of the old and the new Korea. One sees the men and women either in the white, shroudlike garment or in modern clothing, but nearly all of them carry a package on their heads or shoulders. Among the passersby are old men, genuine elders, who carry on their shoulders a sort of wooden saddle, constructed like a stool. On this stool, they place a veritable house of furniture. The only help they have to maintain their balance is a long stick, which they carry in their right hands.

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