(If There Is a God)
Collected Writings of
World War II veteran
Commander, Disabled American Veterans, Broward County, Florida
Harry Zeitlin married his sweetheart, Bernice Bernstein, in New York City on a three-day pass after completing Basic Training in March of 1942 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The morning after his return to base, his unit was shipped across the Atlantic for the invasion of Tunisia.
He survived three years on the North African and European fronts with the 67th Regiment of General George S. Patton's 2nd Armored Division— including D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge— and came home to Bernice at the end of the war.
Though Harry Zeitlin passed away in 2007, he lives on in this remarkable memoir. These short pieces prove beyond a doubt the truth of the 2nd Armored's nickname, "Hell on Wheels" . . . not only for the defeated Germans, but for the victors as well.
Part I, At War, tells the story of the war from one private's point of view. Part II, Post-War, describes how his wartime experiences affected him for the next 50 years as he raised four children and provided for his family. Excerpts from his European war diary are interspersed throughout.
A born historian and natural writer, Harry Zeitlin takes his readers to the front lines of history in the making.
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READERS WRITE . . .
“I want to thank you for sharing your thoughts and traumas in your book. I have never met you, Harry, but as a fellow veteran I feel the kinsmanship with you that I and many other vets feel toward one another. It’s been 33 years since I’ve been in the service (four years Air Force and one year in Vietnam) and I’ve come to accept that because of our experiences we are forever changed and are different than the rest of the population. . . . Thank you again for your book, thank you for being who you are.”
“I recently finished reading Dear God!, and it was one of the best memoirs I have ever read. What you have been through is mind-boggling. My father served in the Pacific (Australia and Philippines) and I wish I had collected more of his memories. Thank you!”
“My son has loaned me a copy of your book. I find it to be a very moving, even compelling account of your war experiences. You write with deep sensitivity to the trauma of war, and yet retain your humanity and integrity throughout. I have been deeply affected by your story.”