PFC Benjamin Kaplow    US ARMY, 26th Infantry  (Yankee Division)  104th Regiment, WW11


I was drafted into World War 11 right out of high school in 1943. This is my story as told in the letters I wrote home. They’re all here, all 192 of them. Spend some time with me and you’ll learn a lot as you read or listen to the letters. They were written in an attempt to help me feel close to my family and to let them know what was going on in my life.

It’s the first time I was away from home and I have to confess that I was homesick. Quite an experience for a Kosher boy!

All About Me

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©2007 Florence Kaplow & National Museum of American Jewish History.

These materials now reside in the permanent collection of the Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and are used with permission.

Transcriptions of Letters at