PBS station WUCF is making a difference in the lives of World War II veterans in Orlando and Central Florida by increasing awareness about their war experiences and the challenges they face, exploring World War II’s effects on Central Florida, and bridging the gap between civilians and veterans.
George Braunstein’s First Experience in War
George Braunstein has witnessed segregation and experienced anti-Semitism, but it hasn’t changed his love for America. Braunstein entered the U.S. Army at age 19. While on a march in France during World War II, Braunstein watched as a church steeple exploded, sending shrapnel in all directions. A piece of metal struck him, leaving a scar under his chin. It was his first experience in war.
George Rosenfield’s Climb to Glory
A native of Boston, George Rosenfield reported to the U.S. Army Ski Troops, later renamed the 10th Mountain Division, in 1944. After learning to ski at basic training at Camp Hale in Colorado, Rosenfield was sent to Italy in early 1945. As part of the 85th Regiment, Rosenfield was part of Operation Encore, a series of attacks on the Germans that became known as the “Climb to Glory.”
Harry Lowenstein – A Holocaust Survivor Remembers
As a boy growing up in Germany, Harry Lowenstein experienced the rise of Adolf Hitler and the brutal treatment of Jews. In the early 1940s, Lowenstein, along with his father, mother and sister, were sent to Kaiserwald, a concentration camp in present-day Latvia. He worked in the camp’s auto garage, fixing automobiles. When he was liberated at age 13 in 1945, Lowenstein weighed 65 pounds.
Honoring Our Vets
Space Coast Honor Flight is part of a network of nonprofit organizations that takes U.S. military veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials of their respective wars. The trip is organized and carried out at no cost to the veterans. Arthur Friedman, a Jewish World War II veteran, was one of 25 veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C, on a recent trip with the group.
Funded by the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II National Production and Community Engagement Initiative seeks to build awareness, enthusiasm and utilization of the film through the production of local companion content and community engagement events.