By Gerry Levine, Post 125

JWV Jersey Shore Post 125 celebrated twenty WWII veterans November 12 in a special ceremony at the Ocean, NJ JCC. These former service members were regaled as members of the “Greatest Generation,” the name applied by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the men and women of America’s WWII armed forces. Now in their nineties, these veterans recalled in brief comments, some of their still vivid recollections of wartime service during mobilization in England amidst Nazi bombings, in ground campaigns like the Battle of the Bulge in Europe, in the battle for Leyte and the Philippines in the Pacific, and elsewhere around the world during the 1940s. There were stories of admitted relief knowing that the atomic bomb saved untold numbers of American lives as the war with Japan came to an end.

Accompanied by friends and family members, the honorees rose, some with difficulty, but all proudly, as their individual service anthems were played and then again to salute fallen comrades and friends as Taps sounded in memory of those no longer here. As noted by event Chairman and Honorary Dept. of NJ Commander, Gerald Levine of Long Branch, honoring WWII vets has been a tradition in Jersey Shore posts, but the ranks of World War II service members are rapidly thinning. Seven potential honorees had passed during the planning for the 2017 event.

WWII is now 72 years behind us yet memories of the war years were still clear to many of the veterans as they recalled their experiences. Among those recollections were those of Bernard Tillis, senior surviving commander of Post 125 who served in the Battle of the Bulge. Milton Ziment, another former Post 125 commander saw the war conclude in Europe and was about to embark with his unit for the Pacific when VJ day arrived. Bernard Weinstein, Commander of Oglensky-Jackson Post 359 in Freehold, NJ was a young radar technician when the war ended. His collection of WWII memorabilia is scheduled for display at Brookdale Community College in Freehold, NJ. David Scheinhartz’s unit was scheduled for a dangerous Japanese mission about which he recalls having really ominous feelings. “I owe my life to Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs,” he said, and then went on reflect on the miracle that enabled 16 of his acquaintances from the Bronx who fought in the war to return home safely. Harold Greenspan of Long Branch, NJ was wounded in the Philippines and then again, near mortally, in the battle for Okinawa. He credited his ultimate survival to a change in orders instigated by an Army physician who by remarkable coincidence was a medical school colleague of Greenspan’s brother. Sam Kaye, a board member of Post 125 and the first elected Jewish Freeholder in Hudson County, NJ, was in charge of the Army Pictorial Service repair shop in London and later in Germany. Kaye had two brothers in the Army and a sister in the Navy during the war years. No surprise Kaye pointed out. His father served in WWI and his grandfather was in the Army in the Spanish American War. Henry Lapidus was accepted as an aviation cadet after basic training but found himself transferred back to ground forces as the European campaign heated up. He ended up as a rifleman in the 276th Infantry Regiment that fought its way up through France and then across the Rhine into Germany. Bernard Karasic, a Navy enlistee following high school in Asbury Park, was aboard ship off the coast of Japan when the Pacific war ended. He returned safely and ultimately practiced law in the Shore area for six decades. These were but a few of the experiences shared as the veterans and their guests enjoyed the warm spirit of the event.

Post Commander Dr. Allan Solden delivered welcoming remarks to the assembled crowd of more than 100 and, following the actual recognition ceremonies, Post 125, led by PPC and County Commander Stanley Shapiro, hosted a catered luncheon that was very well received as the good food and warm environment gave guests the opportunity to chat informally and reflect on the service of these veterans to America during a time of great need. Certificates recognizing their service were also given by the State of New Jersey to the veterans being honored and photographic mementos of the event are being arranged by Post 125 JVC Sid Marshall.

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018

By Michael Corbett, Post 440

It started out slowly but ended with a flourish – the visit of National Commander Paul Warner to the Department of Florida Winter Quarterly meeting in Delray Beach.

Commander Warner and his wife, Norma, departed home in time to board their flight from New York to West Palm Beach, FL, scheduled to arrive about 2:30 in the afternoon.  That would have given them sufficient time to relax at their hotel in Boca Raton before his scheduled appearance at Temple Beth Kodesh, home of Boynton Beach Post 440.  “PNC Irv Steinberg” Post 440 had arranged for an elaborate Oneg to honor the National Commander and post members planned to join with congregants to welcome Commander and Mrs. Warner.

But, as they say, “the best plans of mice and men…”  First, the plane scheduled to depart NY at about 12:00 noon was delayed until about 2:00PM; then again to about 3:30PM, at which time Post 440 Junior Vice Commander Michael Corbett, PDC, was prepared to cancel the event for that evening.  Sure enough, the plane departed and arrived in Florida in time for the shul to close for the evening at 9:00PM; PDC Corbett drove NC Warner to the hotel where he would continue his visit the following morning with Department Commander Alan Paley and a visit to Temple Beth David in Miami.

The visit to Miami completed, the next event was dinner at the famous “Ben’s Kosher Deli” in Boca Raton, where a contingent of 20 Department officers, Florida Auxiliary members and Auxiliary National President, Iris Goldwasser gathered to enjoy a somewhat hamishe repast.

Sunday morning both the JWV and JWVA gathered at the beautiful Delray Beach Golf and Country Club for the Department Quarterly meeting.  Following the ritual opening and reports of the officers, National Commander Warner addressed the attendees representing the 40 JWV Posts from around the state.

Department Commander Alan Paley (606) then recognized six Past National Commanders in attendance:  PNC Jerome Blum, PNC Warren Dolny, PNC Ainslee Ferdie, PNC Edwin Goldwasser, PNC David Magidson, and PNC Robert Pickard.  He then introduced Commander Warner who spoke of the extraordinary efforts of the Florida members in volunteering at VA facilities around the State of Florida and encouraged participation in the NEC and Legislative conferences scheduled for February in our nation’s capital.

Following the business meeting, the members and guests present then attended the Auxiliary luncheon honoring President Iris Goldwasser and National Commander Warner.  Both were presented with tokens of appreciation by Department of Florida President Verna Rosenzweig and Department Commander Alan Paley.

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018

By Beth Lapin

A year or so ago, a sign went up on Route 9 as it passed north through my town, Middletown, CT. A section of the road was dedicated to the memory of Major General Maurice Rose. I decided to find out more.

Maurice Rose was born in Middletown in 1899; a plaque marks the location on Main Street. When he was four, his family moved to Denver. Rose was determined to join the military and served in both World War I and II. It was in 1944 in Germany, after multiple medals and heroic accomplishments, Rose was killed in combat by the Germans. His initial grave was later moved to the Netherlands. In his memory, the following are named after him: a school in the Netherlands, a hospital in Denver, a Jewish War Veterans Post 51 in Middletown, and the Middletown Armed Forces Reserve Center.

The most remarkable occurrence at a recent presentation about Rose by Post 51’s Karen Uberti was the arrival of a WWII colleague. Almost ninety-eight year old Bob Swarsky arrived by wheelchair, maneuvered by his friend Glenn, to tell of his personal recollections of the day that Rose was killed. With hearing and mental agility that surpassed most of us in the room, Swarsky spoke about many efforts of the 3rd Armored Division, First Army.

As those who served during that time get fewer and fewer, it become even more important and poignant to hear their stories and honor their memories.

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018

By Art Fishman, Department Commander of Michigan

It was a chilly, winter morning when 18 comrades of JWV Michigan assembled at 7:30 AM for our rented bus trip to the Battle Creek Veterans hospital.  The purpose of this trip is to bring a care package with fruit, candy and warm white socks during the holiday. We distribute them to all who are there.  This trip was the 72nd annual trip for the JWV Department of Michigan to the Battle Creek VA.

The Battle Creek VAMC is the hub of mental health care for VA Medical Centers in the lower peninsula of Michigan, and it offers a wide variety of health care services, which includes both inpatient and outpatient care.

After we had lunch and time to visit with veterans at hospital who do not go home for the holiday or have no home to go to, we played BINGO with them. This year, there were about 170 veterans at Battle Creek Hospital.  The prizes we gave out were either donated to JWV or purchased to be given as prizes for winning Bingo games. It was our JWVers job to make sure that no veteran left without prizes that included Sweat shirts, Athletic printed T-shirts, shorts and athletic pants. As the game progressed, choice of prizes went from one gifts to two to the winner and the last game given the the choice of three items as his prize. The rest were donated to hospital for them to use as needed.

Senior Vice Commander Art Fishman with Ted Gittleman 135 Commander handled the arrangements for the day long trip and Jodi Barnes, VA Hospital Staff Director at Battle Creek, coordinated our visit to the hospital.  Snoozing was allowed on our trip back because we went through the worst snow storm of the year, so far.  We all arrived home with no incident though.

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By COL Rich Goldenberg, Post 105

ALBANY, N.Y. – More than a dozen members of the JWV Capital District Council
came together on Christmas Eve this year for the annual JWV “Operation
Jingle Bells,” visiting with dozens of patients at the Stratton VA Medical
Center here December 24, 2017.

The event dates back for decades when JWV would visit with patients and
staff at the VA and distribute phone cards for veterans to make
long-distance calls to family over the Christmas holiday, explained Past
Post Commander Dr. Howard Pressman, DDS, the coordinator of the event.

The spread of cell phones made the holiday distribution of phone cards
unnecessary more than 15 years ago, Pressman said. Today, JWV distributes
coupons for patient use at the hospital canteen or exchange, where veterans
can purchase snacks or sundries.

“As times changed, so did JWV,” Pressman said.

Pressman worked full-time at the VA for more than three dozen years, and
annually leads the effort to identify patients unable to be discharged,
meeting with each ward’s nursing staff the day before Christmas Eve to
identify how many patients will still be under the hospital’s care for the

“No veteran should be alone for the Christmas holiday,” noted Albany Post
105 Commander Fred Altman. “This is a terrific mitzvah to share our best
wishes with the VA staff and patients of all faiths who are unable to be
home for the holiday.”

Operation Jingle Bells is the high point of JWV efforts during the holiday
season. Support in the veterans’ community ranged from volunteers helping
load Christmas Trees bound for military installations for the annual Trees
for Troops program and the financial donation to place holiday wreaths at
the local national cemetery at veteran headstones for Wreaths Across

Operation Jingle Bells is one of the most satisfying JWV outreach events,
Pressman said, because of the one on one interactions with fellow veterans
in need.

“One year, we were at the hospital and when a patient asked who we were
during the visit, I explained that we were the Jewish War Veterans and
offering our support,” Pressman said. “The veteran took one look at our JWV
caps and said he couldn’t accept our phone cards because he wasn’t Jewish.”

After a brief laugh and explanation about JWV’s commitment to all veterans
of all faiths during the Christmas season, the patient was happy to receive
the gift from JWV, Pressman explained.

The holiday season is all about sharing joy, Altman said, and there’s no
better way to do that than with our fellow veterans who can’t be home for

Back row from left, Post 105 Commander Fred Altman, Joe Weitzman, Howard
Pressman, Bert Isen, Victor Reiner, Linda Woodward Stein, Post 106
Quartermaster Gary Hoffman, Post 106 Commander Paul Zonderman. Front row
from left, Kelly Goldenberg, Alexa Goldenberg, Post 105 Adjutant Rich
Goldenberg, Hatti Wang and Post 105 Quartermaster Lance Wang.  Courtesy

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018

By Barbara Fischler, Sr. Vice Commander Post 45

Our own Ben Cooper, member of Sgt. John L. Levitow, Jewish War Veterans Post 45, was recently inducted into the 2017 Class of the CT Veterans Hall of Fame.

Ben was born in Avon, CT, December 24, 1921. Drafted at age 20, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Serving as a combat medic with the 45th Infantry Division (AKA the “Thunderbird Division”).   The Division originated in Oklahoma, and contained a high percentage of Native Americans. He was in the European Theatre in two battles: The Rhineland Campaign, and the Central Europe Campaign. Ben took part in the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp with the 45th Division.

For 45 years after he came home from the war in November of 1945, Ben was so traumatized by the tragedies witnessed as a combat medic with a frontline Infantry Platoon, he did not tell his wife, his parents, or his children about his experiences. In 1990, while being interviewed by a history teacher from Torrington High School, Ben was first able to talk about his experiences.

Every year since then, he has been speaking at schools throughout Connecticut. He has dedicated his life to sharing his stories with the hope that by advocating kindness, he can help children and adults put an end to bullying and hatred at any level. Ben has shared his stories with countless people and veterans throughout Connecticut and beyond, and many schools too numerous to mention. He is a captivating and inspirational speaker and brings history to life with his personal stories and memorabilia. He wants people of all ages to realize war is a terrible thing, to understand the realities of war, and to remember the Holocaust. It is an eye opener for them and still a healing process for Ben. He also speaks to civic groups and libraries.

He had a small camera during the war. The photos and artifacts he brought back from the war enhance his presentations. He deeply touches all who he meets and has received countless letters and emails from students and teachers. Ben enjoys meeting and thanking all veterans who have served our country. He has been interviewed on several radio and television programs. He was an Honorary Grand Marshall in the CT Veterans Parade in 2004. He has marched in many Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day parades wearing his Eisenhower jacket.

Ben is an active member of the Sgt. John L. Levitow Post 45, Jewish War Veterans in West Hartford, CT. He was honored among other Liberators at the National Executive Committee of the Jewish War Veterans in Washington, DC in 2015.

He expresses his mottos in all of his talks: “No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted,” “Save humanity,”  “Stop hatred and bullying,” “You can do it,” “Never give up,” and, remember, ”We all belong to the same race, the human race.”

Ben Cooper’s enduring dedication to sharing his message makes him a very special veteran, humanitarian, father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to so many.

Life has its mysteries. In 1996, at an annual event to remember the Holocaust, at the State Capitol in Hartford, Ben was wearing his Eisenhower jacket with the Thunderbird emblem on his sleeve. It was noticed by Leo Scheinerman, a survivor of Dachau attending the event. He told Ben he remembered that he and his wife Anna had been liberated by the 45th Infantry Division. They became friends. In 2006, Ben had open-heart surgery and his surgeon’s name was Dr. Jacob Scheinerman, the son of that couple.

After 65 years of marriage, in 2009, Ben lost his beloved wife, Dorothy. In 2010, he met a Holocaust survivor, Henny Simon from Colchester, CT, who wrote an autobiography about how she survived the Holocaust. Henny had been speaking at schools since 1985. Since then, they had been presenting their talks together and made an unforgettable impact. Sadly, Henny was killed in a car accident in 2017.

His philosophy of life, positive attitude, quick wit, sense of humor, and his many acts of kindness are a wonderful role model and guide for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, as well as everyone he meets.

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018

By Robert Max, Department Commander of the Southeast Region

The 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival was an exciting year for JWV Post 112.  The festival included the Atlanta Premiere of GI Jews – Jewish Americans in World War II, a film about Jewish American military experiences during World War II.   There were five screenings of this fabulous documentary during the Film Festival and each screening was packed.   The film honors the over half a million Jews who defended this country during World War II.

The special screening was followed by a panel discussion with two of our very own Post members who are WW II Veterans.  Jewish War Veterans Atlanta Post 112 provided WWII Veterans to speak on a panel, and I was honored to introduce the Sunday evening screening.  The Sunday evening screening was at the same time as the Super Bowl and the theater was full, which either says a lot about the commitment of our Jewish community to Jewish American Military History or their apathy for our Super Bowl choices.  Either way, it was very exciting to see such an engaged crowd.

Two of Post 112’s members spoke at the panel after the event.  “I saw myself in the film in about six places where I was physically present,” said JWV member Mort Waitzman.

Mort Waitzman was in the first wave of American soldiers who invaded France at Normandy.  He participated in the liberation of concentration camps, including the capture of the headquarters of the notorious Nazi Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. He went on to a distinguished career as a professor at Emory.  Mort’s story can be found in full at an exhibit in the Breman Jewish Museum in Atlanta.

Bob Maran served in Europe in the First Army and after the Battle of the Bulge with Patton‘s Third Army. Instead of returning home after victory in Europe, he was loaded onto one of several troopships that set sail to invade Japan. His ship did not turn back and he spent an additional two years In the Army of the Occupation of Japan. Bob turns 94 this month and continues to be one of our most active members with our Post.

The full video of their Q&A can be found on the Atlantic Jewish Film Festival YouTube Page.  If you have some time to look at it, I highly recommend it.  Until then, we will be working hard down here in the South.

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018

By Rochel Hayman, Post Commander 210

Scottsdale Post 210 “enlightened” the Arizona State Veterans Home on Sunday, December 17th, by combining their monthly meeting together with the annual Chanukah Party, attracting literally an overflow crowd to Liberty Hall.  The Jewish residents of the Veteran’s Home – Mickey Dingott, Larry Chesin, and Jay Lowenthal, wholeheartedly welcomed the extra simcha and attention.

While the Post did conduct ‘business as usual,’ there were quite a few special additions as well.  The regular breakfast enjoyed together with every meeting was accentuated by latkes (accompanied by applesauce, of course) and both store bought and homemade sufganiot (yummy donuts).

The Arizona contingent of the Quilts of Valor Foundation were one of the featured guest speakers. Their stated mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with a comforting Quilt of Valor. Since 2005 they have gifted over 181,000 custom made quilts nationwide. QOV member Cheryl Vorin beautifully explained the history of the organization as well as how every quilt is handmade for each veteran and gifted with a medal, certificate and beautiful ceremony. She told several stories of some emotional and/or providential happenings when some of the quilts have given in the past.  Mrs. Vorin, together with fellow quilting members Bob & Rebecca Bernal, presented Post 210 Commander Rochel Hayman with a quilt for her service during Desert Storm. (For more information on how your post members, or any veteran, can be gifted with a Quilt of Valor, go to

Tina Sheinbein, Executive Director from the Jewish Free Loan of Phoenix, gave a presentation on the plethora of assistance our local JFL provides for our community.  Much of the information was a surprise, as most members were not aware of the plethora of possible options available to them.  In addition, Mrs. Sheinbein alerted the group to a new fund which a local family had recently started within JFL specifically available for Veterans and their families; the family is a new blue-star family, with their son now in the Marine Corps. Mrs. Sheinbein made sure to provide all the participants with a small Chanukah present accompanying the Jewish Free Loan contact information.

The Post’s lit menorah was a beautiful backdrop to the morning’s entertainment, an 18 member boys choir from one of the local Yeshivas, Torah Day School of Phoenix led by Rabbi Gedaliah Goldstein. While it was the group’s debut, they were very polished and they not only sang several Chanukah melodies, but an additional popular song accompanied by a dance routine.

All in all, combining the two events, together with extra publicity, bore fruit with a very well attended and joyful experience for all.

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018

by Amy Lefkof

During World War II, a bathtub saved Alan Goldberg’s life.  Goldberg served in the infantry — an eighteen-year-old private first class in the 13th Armored Division, 46th Tank Battalion. A bathtub was welded onto the back of his tank when General Patton visited Goldberg’s battalion as they were preparing to cross a bridge somewhere near Simbach, Germany. Patton refused to let Goldberg’s tub-tank go first. When the soldiers were unable to remove the welded bathtub from the tank, the tub-tank moved to third in line. The bridge collapsed under the weight of the first two armored tanks.

While in Germany, Goldberg went to a USO show held for the 13th Armored Division. A woman in a two-piece swimsuit danced on a makeshift stage —a raised wooden platform in the back of an army truck.  Goldberg shouted to the men in his Company, “That’s my cousin Josephine from Brookline, Massachusetts!”  After the show, Goldberg, trailed by the hundred or so men in his Company, went “backstage,” took off his helmet and asked his cousin, “Jo, do you remember Alan Goldberg from Brookline?”  According to Goldberg, his cousin broke down crying and told the rest of the Company, who had lined up to meet her, to go on home and leave her alone with her cousin Alan.  In a letter to her mom dated May 12, 1945, Josephine Axelrod described her encounter with Goldberg: “I threw my arms around him and kissed him and he was so cute and excited and pleased that he got all choked up.” After commenting on how “this poor kid” was too young to endure army life, she added, “I kissed him goodbye and got lots of lipstick on his cheek and told him to be sure and leave it on till all his buddies saw it.” These and other Goldberg WWII antics are featured in Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII, a documentary that tells the stories of Charlotte-area Jewish American World War II veterans.

After the war, Goldberg returned to the Boston area.  Brandeis University was in its infancy and a birthday party was given for Alan’s uncle who was a University founder.  The student selected to give a speech in honor of Alan’s uncle was a young woman named Ruth Abrams. Goldberg’s mother was in the audience and was so impressed with Ruth that she asked Ruth for her phone number. Goldberg’s mother gave him Ruth’s phone number and said, “This is the girl you should marry.”  With what Goldberg concedes was the worst pick-up line of all times, he dutifully called the number and said to Ruth, “My mother said that I should call you.”  Asked whether it was love at first sight, Goldberg says yes. Ruth says by the third date.  They both say that sixty-four years later they’re still in love.

For seven years, Goldberg has served as photographer for Shalom Park Freedom School, a six-week summer literacy-based program for economically disadvantaged children, mostly Hispanic and African American.  Each summer Goldberg braves sweltering southern heat to document between 50 and 80 children at barbecues, chess boards, swimming pools, and manure-laden horse pastures.

These days Goldberg looks a bit frail as he enters the Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  As he makes his way through the door carrying a large gym bag his hands shake.  “Parkinson’s,” he says to anyone who asks, and then adds with characteristic gusto: “I just came from a photography class and now I’m on my way to a boxing class — not bad for a 92-year-old.” Goldberg’s boxing class is run by JCC staff trained in the Rock Steady Boxing method that gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum.  In this boxing ring, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Alan’s wife, Ruth, who parks their car after dropping him off at the curb in front of the JCC, says that boxing keeps Alan moving.  She is on her way to join him.

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018

By Ben Kane, JWV Programs Assistant

Like its competitor Battlefield 1, the immersive video game Call of Duty: WWII takes a step back from the exoskeletons and drones of future warfare, and marks the first game since 2008s World At War to take place during World War II. The game is not without its flaws, but where it makes a misstep in one area, it makes up for it in others.

As American GI “PFC Daniels” of the 1st Infantry Division, you trek through the well-known battlefields of Europe, fighting alongside soldiers who, while occasionally interesting, are ruined somewhat by being generic, stereotypical depictions of American soldiers. The game begins just before the Normandy landings, and the naïve feelings of the soldiers who announce that everything is going to be just fine and everyone will be ok quickly dissipate once the horrors of war become apparent.

Call of Duty: WWII tries to act like Battlefield 1 in another way, and shares a poignant brutality in the early portions of the game. These moments are well done and necessary, but are frustratingly few and far between, as you then promptly continue fighting through Europe largely as a one man army. I say largely because, in a departure from previous games, health is only restored through “health packs” obtained on the battlefield and from teammates, which makes them slightly above completely useless. Of course there are many moments where it feels like you can take on Nazi Germany on your own, but the game does feature the occasionally difficult moment that forces you to rely on your squad to an extent. However, I couldn’t help but think of how strange it was that often the last act of a German soldier who has been shot is to throw a health pack onto the ground for his enemies to use.

Infrequently, one is put in the driver’s seats of a fighter plane and a tank. The tank section was far more interesting to play than the dogfight, as the destructible environments and need to fire at the weaker sections of the tank provided more interesting game play than the fairly bland aerial combat section

The graphics are as decent as other installments, and the artificial intelligence (AI) is definitely nothing to write home about, as computer-controlled enemies often just stood over the bodies of their comrades in one of the several forced stealth sections, not alerting their fellow soldiers that one of their own has been killed. It would have been the mark of an evolving studio to have taken steps to improve the graphics and the AI, and make the player feel like an actual part of the world and not an outsider solely in existence to kill. As I’m sprint-hopping from tent to tent at the command points between missions, a soldier making a passing quip about my strange behavior would have been a nice touch.

Call of Duty: WWII is, not unexpectedly, not very historically accurate. However, there are several instances of historical accuracy that makes me think at least one writer did some homework. The members of the French Forces of the Interior, the French resistance group led by General and future president of France Charles De Gaulle, had armbands featuring the actual insignia of the FFI. There is also a cut scene and a segment that takes place in the largely and sadly unknown Berga concentration camp, where several hundred G.I.s were imprisoned and many were worked to death or shot. The cut scene portrayed camp commandant Erwin Metz, as well as a brief dialogue exchange that is known to have occurred at the camp. There certainly could and should have been more poignant and historically accurate moments, but the few they have are much appreciated.

Multiplayer gaming is business as usual for the series, with maps that favor players who run around with machine guns blindly and without strategy. It’s not great multiplayer, especially when compared with the terrific multiplayer of Battlefield 1, but it’s not overly unpleasant to play. However, the dropping of loot boxes onto Omaha Beach so other players can see you opening them is in immensely poor taste, the idea definitely should have been shot down during development

Despite the clichés and issues that have been prevalent in the series since the beginning, Call of Duty: WWII is a solid installment in the series. The game isn’t revolutionary, and it largely fails to live up to the potential that the time period provides, but it’s worth checking out, especially if you can get it at a good price.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being best, I rate this game at a 7.75.

Volume 72. Number 1. Spring 2018