Molly and the War Effort

Molly with the troops at Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi. Scrapbook 1942-46

With the war very much on their minds and moved by the plight of children orphaned by the war, Molly and Yonkel adopted George Weinstein, the first of four foster children they would welcome into their family.  Cut off from Eastern Europe, she and Yonkel toured the United States and Molly made her debut in Hollywood.  She also signed on to work with the USO, visiting American army bases and tirelessly entertaining the troops. 

"[When the war ended] Yonkel and I immediately applied to the Jewish Labor Committee for the chance to go to Europe.  As we awaited the proper visas from Belgium, Poland, Sweden and other countries, Yonkel and I had the whole family making packages to take overseas."

In 1946, Molly and Yonkel played for survivors and displaced persons in Paris, Warsaw, Lodz, and many places in between.  Following the war, they remained committed to public service and dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to entertaining troops during the Korean War and to selling bonds for the new State of Israel.

"While there was very little I could do to turn Korea’s dismal situation around, I rededicated myself to piling up bucks for Israel, the more the better."

Molly and Jacob at a Seder for 300 soldiers, Philadelphia, 1946
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