Women’s History Month honoring the women in the Greatest Generation

Please join me at the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker in Des Plaines, IL on Tuesday March 18th, starting at 1:00 in the afternoon for the recognition of WW2 women both in and out of the service.  I will be discussing women in the military and my mother’s story as “Mollie’s War.”  This is sponsored by the Des Plaines VFW in conjunction with Women’s History Month.

Article in Unmapped Online Magazine

I am very happy to report that my article about Women in the Military has been published in Unmapped–an online magazine.  “The scope of Unmapped is broad and simple: writers are asked to choose a person, place, event or idea from around the world, which they believe has been left off the map, and write a story about it. It is the element of storytelling which is the key, as well as the idea of the story being ‘hidden’, i.e. not something you would be able to read about every day.”

Here is the link to my article:


2014 calendar has arrived!

I just received the 2014 calendar from Women’s Memorial (Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc) with Mollie’s picture on the back cover.   It’s the picture of Mollie and her friends celebrating the third anniversary of the formation of the WACs on May 14, 1945.

Remembering Mom and Dad

Remembering and honoring my mother and father on this Veterans Day for their service in WWII.   My mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, served in Europe and my dad, Jack Schaffer, in the CBI (China-Burma-India).   We thank you and all Veterans who have served and are still serving to make it possible for all of us to live our lives in freedom.


Victory over Japan on August 14, 1945

On this day, 68 years ago, World War II ended when Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.   Just sharing a few comments from “Mollie’s War” when my mother was stationed in Versailles as the announcement came through….. On August 9, Mollie wrote to her sister:  “Must say, though that one spectacular thing did occur and that was the announcement of Russia’s declaring war on Japan, which …was announced on the dance floor by the band leader.  I am wondering how that announcement and the certain (I hope) early defeat of Japan will affect us individually.” Then just a few days later, she wrote again:  “Yes, I heard about Japan’s defeat but it won’t affect our stay here—that’s what they tell us.  However, it is great news, Beck.” Even one of her friends wrote:  “I wrote you before that reception on the phone here is very bad.  That’s why I couldn’t understand you yesterday when you were trying to tell me about the peace rumors.   Then just after I finished talking to you our signal message center received the teleprint about the offer of surrender.  We quit work for the rest of the afternoon.  I was busy, too, but said the hell with it.”

On Mollie’s 97th birthday

I spent the morning of Friday, July 19th talking about “Mollie’s War” and her service in the military to the Arlington Heights Senior Center.   This would have been Mollie’s 97th birthday.   It gives me a good feeling to keep her memory alive…. Mollie passed away in April 2012.