Posted by: Stanlee Stahl | May 31, 2010

Remembering Those who Gave their Lives for our Freedom

This Memorial Day let us take time from our family gatherings, trips to the beach, and community activities to reflect on the sacrifices made over the generations by the men and women who so nobly served in our armed forces and to those who gave their lives for our country.  

Today, May 31, 2010, I remember my uncle, the man for whom I am named, Stanley Goldblum.  My uncle Stanley served in the U.S. Army and was killed on May 28, 1944 in the battle of Rome.  He is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery located in the town of Nettuno, Italy, which is immediately east of Anzio –  a major beachhead for the Italian campaign, and south of Rome.  He was from Queens, New York City – he loved his country, believed that we had to stop the Germans, he loved his family (I have been reading his letters to my mom), and he loved life.

The sacrifices of our servicemen and women can never be fully understood by those of us who have never served – we owe them our respect and gratitude.

May this Memorial Day find the members of our armed forces both here at home and around the world safe.

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  1. I too wish to Remember all those who gave so much when too much was denied the Jews. My work is about that Remembrance, but I would appreciate it if more could still be done to retrieve the names of those lost in the catastrophe. For my part, Ireland has little to credit itself with! Wannsee would have sought the murder of 4,000 of our own, Jewish Citizens. Have we a righteous indignation or a culpable silence that makes our seeming indifference all the more marked?

  2. (continued) “retrieve the names of those lost during the catastrophe” is an excellent one.

    I did not grow up in Ireland, therefore, only what I have read has been the source of my incomplete knowledge about Ireland and the feelings of many Irish during those and other times.

    I am aware the English rulers and others were cruel to the Irish for hundreds of years and feel many British would have been happy if we had all died during the Famine. Those of us who scraped up the fare to sail steerage to America to escape “The Hunger” and initially faced MORE discrimination in America, forgot, over time, about how we had been treated and some of us went on to be American anti-Semites and were bigoted against African Americans, and perhaps others.

    I do not see an easy answer to Mr Dempsey’s raised issue, but I think his proposed idea to find the names of Jewish (and other people) people, who I assume, were killed and were from Ireland, is an excellent beginning point.

    Thank you, Mr Dempsey, for raising the issue.


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