A Jewish Army Officer Remembers A Christmas Dinner In Germany

Abe and Murray Friedman visit the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, where Murray discusses being a Jewish man stationed in Germany.
Credit StoryCorps Atlanta

In 1963 after basic officer training, Murray Friedman was stationed in Germany.

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As a Jewish man, he was hesitant about how he would be received by the Germans. He found his German counterparts to be warm and welcoming, save one particular officer.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he tells his son about a time when he was called to this person’s office in December of that year. Here’s Murray. Please bear in mind that he has a touch of laryngitis.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps Booth