While returning soldiers were busy (ahem) producing the first baby boomers, World War II remained very much on the minds of everyone.
The Feb. 1, 1946 Jewish Exponent featured the rarity of a lead headline in red: “Community War Records Rally, Tues., Feb. 5.”
The city-wide rally “of all those who have volunteered to serve on the War Records Committee as well as many others interested in this effort” featured Gen. Jacob L. Devers, whose service record included time as commander general, Sixth Army Group in France. The York native was praised in a back-page ad (also in color!), “for his willingness to assist in completing the War Records of our Jewish community.”
The article noted that the committee’s goal was to develop a complete list of those who served or were serving in the armed forces.
“This is in keeping with a concerted effort now being made in Jewish communities throughout the country, under the auspices of the Jewish Welfare Board,” the article reported.
According to an article in the subsequent Exponent, more than 2,000 volunteers crammed into the Broadwood Hotel at Broad and Wood streets (the hotel was demolished in the 1980s) and pledged to “ascertain the actual number of Jewish men and women in Philadelphia who participated in World War II.”