September 8, 2:00 PM
About this Event
The adventures of a Jewish marine in World War II & the little girl who saved his life
•ABOUT KISSES FOR ELLEN•
In December of 1943, Herman “Hymie” Silverman was accepted into the United States Marines. The son of Ida and Julius Silverman, grocery store owners in Coney Island, New York, Hymie was one of millions of young Americans who heard their country’s ‘call to arms’ as war raged in Europe and in the Pacific. More than 16-million men and women served in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War Two. While Jews represented only 3.3 percent of the total population at the time, 550-thousand – or 4.23 percent of them – proudly served their country. “Kisses for Ellen” chronicles the story of this young Marine from his first days as a Marine Officer Candidate at Parris Island to the bloody sands of Guam and Iwo Jima.
Our series of podcasts come directly from some 500-plus letters written to and from Hymie and family and friends back home. They range from humorous to tragic with every emotion in between covered as well. And, we take side trips to visit what was happening on the home front between those years.
But what is the title, “Kisses for Ellen” about? Well, Ellen was Hymie’s niece – 9 months old at the time of his enlistment – and, she…how can we put it? Hymie carried her spirit in his heart and her picture in his fatigue shirt pocket. It could be said that this little rascal kept him grounded. And, alive. Almost every letter he wrote included a “kiss for Ellen”. We’ll even hear from Ellen as she is today.
The art of letter writing is, unfortunately, a lost art. And, as trite as it sounds, “Kisses for Ellen” really does make history come alive. Today, more than ever, we need to be reminded of the power of faith, family, love, and patriotism. And, we have a tiny little girl named Ellen to thank.
Featuring a Q&A, Schmooze with Avi!