An American Rabbi in Korea: A Chaplain's Journey in the Forgotten War

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University of Alabama Press, Jun 24, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 127 pages
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During the height of the Korean conflict, 1950-51, Orthodox Jewish chaplain Milton J. Rosen wrote 19 feature-length articles for Der Morgen Zhornal, a Yiddish daily in New York, documenting his wartime experiences as well as those of the servicemen under his care. Rosen was among those nearly caught in the Chinese entrapment of American and Allied forces in North Korea in late 1950, and some of his most poignant writing details the trying circumstances that faced both soldiers and civilians during that time.

As chaplain, Rosen was able to offer a unique account of the American Jewish experience on the frontlines and in the United States military while also describing the impact of the American presence on Korean citizens and their culture. His interest in Korean attitudes toward Jews is also a significant theme within these articles.

Stanley R. Rosen has translated his father's articles into English and provides background on Milton Rosen's military service before and after the Korean conflict. He presents an introductory overview of the war and includes helpful maps and photographs. The sum is a readable account of war and its turmoil from an astute and compassionate observer.



 

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Contents

Prelude
1
1 The Chaplain
10
2 Der Morgen Zhornal
13
3 Invasion
15
4 Der Morgen Zhornal Articles December 4December 25 1950
25
5 Disaster and Retreat
39
6 Der Morgen Zhornal Articles December 28 1950January 14 1951
41
7 Pusan Again
65
8 Der Morgen Zhornal Articles January 16 1951March 11 1951
67
9 Japan Again
113
Epilogue
117
Bibliography
121
Index
123
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About the author (2004)

Milton J. Rosen, born in Lithuania in 1906, studied in Jerusalem and settled in Chicago where he was ordained rabbi in 1929. After 19 years as a practicing Orthodox rabbi, he was called up for military chaplaincy and served several tours of duty in Japan and Korea.

Stanley R. Rosen also served in Korea, as an information officer, and later became a physician practicing internal medicine in Illinois and Wisconsin.

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