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In My Father’s Words – The World War II Letters of An Army Doctor, Laura Cantor Zelman


This collection of over five hundred letters, covering the years 1941-45, details the daily life of a Jewish American, fluent in German, who served as a doctor in the US Army. The letters shed light on the condition of soldiers' medical care, censorship, Nazis, German POWs, and army life. These letters are a testament to the work of military doctors in war time and the many sacrifices they make for their country.

Laura Cantor Zelman is a graduate of Vassar College where she majored in sociology and minored in English. Following graduation, she moved to the Washington, DC area eventually settling in Virginia. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is the eldest of four Cantor sisters. Having grown up in a vibrant ethnic household, Zelman has never shied away from lively political discussions. She has been a writer for and editor of various volunteer organizations’ publications and enjoys writing songs, poems, and skits for family celebrations. This passion is the basis for Zelman’s organization and excerpting of letters In My Father’s Words.