"This is a wonderful book. Eichhorn's recollections of combat are poignant and powerful and his struggles to provide for his soldiers show the compassion of a gentle pastor and the passion of a proud and committed Jew."

-- Michael Berenbaum, The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust
"Elegantly introduced and edited, Eichhorn's letters are amusing, disturbing, and enlightening. . . . A great read."

-- Gerhard L. Weinberg, A World at Arms

The GI's Rabbi: World War II Letters of David Max Eichhorn
[University Press of Kansas, 2004]



Rabbi David Max Eichhorn, a chaplain with the XV Corps in the European campaign, was among the liberating forces at Dachau and conducted the first Jewish religious services there. He was instrumental in finding and ministering to displaced persons, primarily Jewish refugees from Germany and, as the war progressed, those liberated from the camps. He also conducted services across France and Germany, sometimes within reach of the sounds of battle.

Eichhorn's letters and reports, written home from July 1944 through the occupation of Austria in September 1945, were unearthed during production of the television documentary series, The Perilous Fight: World War II in Color. Greg Palmer co-edited the collection, with the rabbi's grandson, attorney Mark S. Zaid. A prologue is provided by historian Doris L. Bergen, author of War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust and Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Century.

For more information, please visit the University Press of Kansas website.