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Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.151 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Fort Bliss, Texas Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 December 1942 Pagination: 8 p. ; 15.5 x 21.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Diamond describes carrying out a "shake-down" inspection - a process that results from a man claiming that some of his personal belongings have been stolen. Sidney responds to Estelle's claim that her uncle had encountered anti-Semitism in the army by observing that he has not experienced any throughout his time as a soldier.

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Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryJudaismCivil RightsReligionMilitary CampCrime

Sub Era: World War II

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