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September 26, 2003 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-26

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May the coming year be
filled with health and
happiness for all our
family & friends.
L'Shanah Tovah!

May the coming year be filled
with health, happiness
and prosperity for all our
family and friends

Anne & Aaron Ginsberg

May the New Year bring to
all our friends and
health, joy, prosperi
everything good in

Ray & Louise Abrams


Steven, Merle & Michael Band
Minnie Bernberg

We wish our friends and family
a very healthy, happy and
prosperous New Year.
Isadore & Edith Averbuch(:‘L



We wish our friends and family
a very healthy, happy and
prosperous New Year.
Arlene & Chuck Beerman

& family


FRANK AND BENNO from page 49

Rosh Hashanah, Faudem and
Levi joined the Jewish contin-
gent on trucks that took them
David, Angie & Kyle to evening services. They
arrived early and decided to
take a walk around the hills
on which the division head-
quarters sat. The view was
exceptional, but the two got
hungry. Faudem suggested
heading off to the kitchen —
the kitchen where the general
enjoyed his meals.
"Frank got into a conversa-
May the coming year be
tion with the mess sergeant,"
Levi recalls. "Then presto,
filled with health and
before you knew it, we were
happiness for all my
having Gen. Bruce's supper."
"It tasted fantastic," Levi
family & friends.
says. "Especially the apple
L'Shanah Tovah!
That night, the two men
went to see Eagle Squadron, a
film starring Robert Stack and
Eddie Albert and telling the
story of six American pilots
who join the Royal Air Force
to help fight the Nazis.
"From then on, we were
best buddies," Levi says.
One of their favorite activi-
ties when together was going
through stacks of the Jewish
News and reading up on life
L'Shana Tova to all our I back home. "The papers
friends Et relatives.
reached us periodically after
piling up at some Army post
Elaine Bass
office for weeks," Levi says.
Bobbie Chess & family
"Even though the news was
old, it didn't make it any less
Levi was with Company A,
and Faudem was with
Company B, next door.
During combat, the two
kept in touch through the
grapevine. Once, when they
1 L'Shana Tova to all our
met up again, Levi learned
1 friends a relatives.
I , Faudem's good news: his wife
I k Rosita & George Feuerman just had a baby, a little girl.
Boca Raton, FL
In a battle several days later,
Levi suffered a serious leg
injury. He was recuperating
when he heard that Frank had
been shot in the chest and
"I hobbled up to the hill,"
where the dead were kept
until they could be buried.
L'Shana Tova to all our
Levi thought he would take
friends Et relatives.
a last look at his friend, to say
goodbye. Frank was on a
Joel & Hilda
only a poncho cov-
ering his body.
"But I didn't want to uncov-
tlasIkb. 44
Best Wishes for a
er his face in death," he says.
happy, healthy
"I wanted to remember him
New Year

Millicent Allen

The Big Story

the way he was.
"We had such a great
friendship, though it lasted
only a few months," Levi says.
"We had planned on being
together after the war. Frank
would be playing for the
Tigers, and I would be there
cheering in the stands. Every
now and then, we would
recall with nostalgia our great
adventures in the South

The War Ends
In 1945, Levi was stationed in
the Philippines, having just
returned from battle on
Okinawa. It would be his last
Rosh Hashanah away from
Soon after arriving in the
Philippines, he learned that
Japan had surrendered. He sat
down and wrote his family:

Dear Folks:
Sorry that I for-got about this
earlier. I want to wish you on
this, the day before Rosh
Hashono, a very Happy,
Healthy and Prosperous NEW
YEAR. We can thank God that
at last peace has been restored to
this earth and ask Him for
guidance in making it a long
lasting, just and secure peace.

That afternoon, at around
5:30, the men were taken in
tanks to Cebu City, where
services were held in a huge,
burned-out movie theater.
The roof was desperately in
need of repair, and no one
could sit in the first four rows
because there had been a
flood and the seats were still
under water.
This night, the chaplain
spoke about the difficulties in
British forces were refusing
to admit any but a handful of
the Jewish refugees. The men
were told "to pray that the sit-
uation there would soon
The next day was both
Rosh Hashanah and V-J
(Victory over Japan) day for
the island of Cebu, so there
was much to celebrate. Best of
all, it was only a matter of
months, or maybe even weeks,
until Benno Levi would be

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