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BOX-FOLDER MSS1946/1-7 Correspondence, April 26, 1943-July 12, 1944
MS01: Letters between various correspondents, including Harold Horwitz and his parents, and between various of Horwitz’s acquaintances and his parents. Bulk of letters are between Harold Horwitz and his parents, who lived in Brooklyn, New York. Topics covered include: In-processing at Fort Dix, New Jersey; basic training at Camp Crowder, Missouri; being treated well during training and enjoying training; training at Vint Hill Farms Station, Virginia; attending Jewish religious services during training; receiving care packages from home; desire to be accepted into Army Specialized Training Program; training with the 2nd Signal Service Battalion in Washington, DC; secrecy regarding his duties; dental treatments received in the Army; gratitude for his parents’ support; arriving in England in September 1943; sightseeing in England; seeing friends from home in the military; shopping for the holidays; attending Jewish religious services in England; spending time with a Jewish English family; religious devotion; requesting clothing to be shipped to him; attending movies, theater productions, and musical concerts; opening a postal savings account in England; opinions of British radio programming; reading magazines and newspapers; giving food items from home to British friends; taking photographs in Europe; going to Torquay, England on leave; Armed Forces Network (AFN) radio; attending a lecture by Chaim Weizmann in London; seeing relatives of friends from home in England; receiving news of D-Day; adoption of American material culture in Britain; desire to go golfing with the family when he returns home; adapting to lack of material comforts; arriving in Paris, France in October 1944; conditions in Paris; German prisoners of war working for the Allies; learning French; living in an apartment in Paris; holding Christmas parties for French orphans; rationing in Europe compared to rationing in the United States; weather conditions; business affairs of his father’s company; sending gifts home from Paris; learning French from his friend Madame Boussac and assisting her in reconnecting with family members in Venezuela; taking French classes at the Sorbonne; requesting art supplies for friends; attending opera in Paris; seeing Mickey Rooney; ceremonies in Paris for the rededication of the regimental colors by Charles De Gaulle; sadness over the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; food shortages in France; possibility of being transferred to the Pacific Theater of Operations; spending time at a replacement depot in Rheims, France in August 1945; Madame Boussac’s efforts to hide Jews and others in danger during the war; meeting a Hungarian man who was in the Maquis; arriving in Frankfurt, Germany in September 1945; conditions and destruction in Frankfurt; impatience to go home; going to Switzerland on furlough; friends from home returning from the war; former German soldier assigned to work for him; sister Rhoda’s school life and dating life; searching for a cousin who lived in Austria through the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration; working with discharged servicemembers who took civilian jobs with the military; arriving in Le Havre, France on his way home; includes postcards from various sights in England, France, and Switzerland.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1948/1 Correspondence, July 13, 1944-August 31, 1944
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BOX-FOLDER MSS1951/1-7 Correspondence, September 1, 1944-November 19, 1945
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BOX-FOLDER MSS1952/1-2 Correspondence, 1945
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BOX-FOLDER MSS1952/3 Correspondence, May 20, 1943-December 23, 1944
MS02: Letters exchanged between Harold Horwitz and his sister Rhoda Horwitz.Topics covered include: experiences during training; Rhoda’s college plans; travels and sightseeing in England; Rhoda’s college experiences; horseback riding; travels and sightseeing in Paris, France; encouragement of Rhoda’s studies; shortages and rationing in France; Rhoda’s experiences working for college radio station; both learning French - Harold taking French classes at the Sorbonne; school politics; Harold’s decision to leave the Army after the war; includes letters written partially in French; includes postcards from various sights in England and Switzerland.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1953/1 Correspondence, February 7, 1944-September 28, 1945
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BOX-FOLDER MSS1953/2 Military Papers, 1943-1946
MS03: Contents include copies of Separation Report, Separation Qualification Record, and Honorable Discharge Certificate; souvenir program from graduation ceremony from basic training at Camp Crowder; copy of memo from Brigadier General W. S. Rumbough, Chief Signal Officer, concerning operations in Europe, dated 04/12/1944; copy of memo from Colonel George A. Bicher dated 12/31/1943 wishing troops a Happy New Year; 48-hour pass issued while in London; orders to active duty; copy of leave orders dated 10/24/1945 and itinerary for furlough in Switzerland.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ369/1 Military Papers, April 12, 1944
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