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Donated by Tania Oshman, the Tania Brown Family Papers chiefly concern Tania’s parents, Rachel Mayer Brown and Frank Brown. Rachel was born in 1923, grew up on Hadley Street in Houston, and was deeply involved in the Hadassah movement. Frank was born in 1918, and grew up in St. Louis Missouri. Frank was a member of the 242nd Infantry Regiment during World War II, where he spent time at Camp Hood in Killeen, Texas, working a quartermaster job as a staff sergeant. He was transferred to Camp Gruber in Muskogee, Oklahoma in the middle of 1943, and worked as a Supply Sergeant for over a year before going to Marseille in December of 1944.
The Rainbow Division began in World War I with the combined National Guard units from 26 different states. It was ostensibly named for Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur’s comment that the division “stretches like a rainbow from one end of America to the other.” After the war, the Division formed the Rainbow Division Veterans Association, featured in the collection. The Division was reformed for World War II with new personnel, and joined by Frank Brown during his time in the armed services.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, works to improve the health and well-being of Women and its commitment to Jewish values. The organization focuses on connecting and empowering Jewish Women in order to effect change, and build a strong community.
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