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Image of Levin in Japan

After the surrender, Captain Herbert G. Levin, (driver) a doctor with the 92nd Field Hospital, was sent to Nagasaki to observe the effects of the atomic bomb on survivors. Noting that Rosh Hashanah was the day after the official surrender of the Japanese (September 2, 1945), he sent these comments home.

3 Sept 45

Yesterday was VJ day -- a great day for the Allies. Let's hope it's the last time our or future generations are forced to observe such an occasion . . . This Rosh Hashanah will have a great significance for all of us . . . so soon after peace has been established throughout the world. I hope every Jew will dedicate himself to be firm and staunch in the home-front fight for those ideals which are embodied by Judaism . . .

. . . Love, Herb

Levin in Japan
Courtesy Judy Cantor
 
Image of Lieutenant Albert Goldstein, 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division, at Hiroshima, November 1945, three months after the atomic bomb  
Lieutenant Albert Goldstein, 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division, at Hiroshima, November 1945, three months after the atomic bomb.
Courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, from Michigan Jews Remembers World War II
Werner E. Stark
 
Corporal Werner E. Stark, United States Army Counter Intelligence Corps participated as an interpreter at the Nuremberg War Trials. Image of Werner E. Stark
  Werner E. Stark
Courtesy S. Joseph Fauman