Helping JHS mark Veteran’s Day
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Helping JHS mark Veteran’s Day

Howard Gluckman (Courtesy JHS)
Howard Gluckman (Courtesy JHS)

In anticipation of the Jewish Historical Society’s annual Veteran’s Day commemoration, Howard Gluckman of Springfield donated his father Irwin Gluckman’s World War II medals for inclusion in the Jewish Historical Society’s Robert “Bob” R. Max Collection. Before the pandemic, the society would host a public forum on November 11 to commemorate Veteran’s Day.

The Max collection contains materials from MetroWest veterans, including ration books, medals and patches, Winged Victory World War II newsletters, and a Purple Heart. Names of honor include Mr. Gluckman, Dinah Selvin, Seymour Litwack, Max Saslow, Les Pruce, Lester Borntein, and Jerome Fien.

Irwin Buckman enlisted on September 6, 1940. He served in the 1st, 78th, 79th, and 86th infantries and at the headquarters of the 1st Airborne Army and reached one of the highest rank available to non-commissioned officers.

The JHS’ collection of what is called “militaria” serves to document the role that Jews have played in America’s wars. The society also welcomes additions to its collections from men and women who served in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. To donate, email Linda Forgosh at lforgosh@jfedgmw.org.

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