This collection features letters written from Jewish-American infantryman Leon Bloomberg to his wife, Esther Bloomberg, during at the end of World War II.
Leon was an aeronautics student and Kansas City native who moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s and began work at the Glenn L. Martin Company aircraft company in Middle River, Maryland. In Baltimore he met his wife, Esther Levin, and they were married on March 21, 1943.
Leon was drafted into the United States Army in 1944. He reported to basic training in New Cumberland, Maryland and was later sent to Camp Croft, South Carolina. In February 1945 he was deployed and served overseas in England, France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia from 1945 to 1946. He returned from deployment in May 1946.
While overseas, Leon wrote to his wife almost every day. This collection contains letters, postcards, and other correspondence detailing his time in basic training and serving overseas with the United States Army from September 1944 to February 1946. Letters share details of his daily routine, troop movements, personal travels, thoughts, and well-being with his family in Baltimore. Specific letters include direct testimony of the Nuremberg Trials (Feb. 9, 1946), the death of President Roosevelt, and VE Day and VJ Day. The collection also includes an oral history recorded in the 1980s. In it, Leon discusses memories of his childhood and time in the army with his children and wife.
Leon died on Oct. 6, 2014 in Lutherville, Maryland. This collection is made available by the generosity of his daughter, Jacqueline Cohen '65.
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