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Benno Levi

Image of Immigration Cards for Benno and brother Ernest Levi

Benno Levi (age 11), with brother Ernest (age 10) and sister Ruth (age 13), came to Detroit from Alsfeld, Germany, in 1935. Benno and Ernest lived with Robert and Ella Rosenberg, who attended Congregation B'nai Moshe, where he had his bar mitzvah. Ruth lived with Julius and Fannie Friedman. Benno's parents and a younger sister, Miriam, joined them in 1938, but other family members perished in Europe. Benno attended Durfee and Detroit Central High (1942) and worked for the Detroit Jewish News. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and fought in Guam, the Philippines, and Okinawa. Determined to counter the taunts he knew as a child, Benno won the silver star for gallantry on Guam in 1944 and the bronze start for bravery on Okinawa in 1945. In both cases, his heroics involved saving lives.

Information from Benno Levi and the Detroit Free Press.

Immigration Cards for Benno and brother Ernest Levi when they arrived in New York in 1935
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Image of Benno Levi's parents Image of Loyalty certificate expected of some immigrants
Benno Levi's parents
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Loyalty certificate expected of some immigrants
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Image of Benno Levi's classmates in Germany  
Benno Levi's classmates in Germany
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Image of Levi Siblings Benno, Ruth and Ernest Levi in "new American clothes" shortly after their arrival in the United States in the Spring of 1935.
Levi Siblings
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Levi siblings Ernest, Ruth, and Benno, and friend Henry Garfinkiel were among German-Jewish children brought to the United States. Image of Benno Levi and friends in Detroit Evening News
  Benno Levi and friends in Detroit Evening News
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Image of Benno Levi's bar mitzvah party Image of Benno Levi served in the United States Army
Benno Levi's bar mitzvah party
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Benno Levi served in the United States Army
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