The Library of Congress Veterans History Project Home 
Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project
Home » Milton W. Stern
 

"Let courage be your password, make fortitude your guide / And then instead of grousing, remember those who died." (Memoir, page 51)

{ align: 'left' }
   Milton W. Stern
Image of Milton W. Stern
Milton Stern as a cadet. [detail]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 381st Bomb Group
Service Location: Ridgewell Air Force Base, England
Rank: Major
POW: Yes
Place of Birth: NY
View Full Description

Shot down over Holland in March 1944, navigator Milton Stern was sheltered by Dutch partisans for 10 weeks before being captured and sent to a German prison camp. There he recorded lists of German rations by weight and composed poems to keep up his spirits. Later in the war, he helped "liberate" a shipment of Red Cross parcels that civilians working near the camp were hoarding, gorging himself on the contents in anticipation of his own liberation by the Allies.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (5 clips)
»Complete Interview  (51 min.)
Download: video
»Transcript
  Photos
»Photo Album (6 photos)
 Memoirs
»"Kriegie Memoirs of 1944-1945," POW journal
 Personal Correspondence
»View List (6 items)
 Other Materials
»View List (4 items)
More like this
»Forever a Soldier
»POWs in Germany
»Jewish Veterans of WW II
 Video (Interview Excerpts) (5 items)
His treatment as a Jewish P.O.W. (06:41) Life after release at Camp Lucky Strike. (02:52) Turned in by a member of the Underground. (07:08)
"It was worse-I was Jewish!" (00:46) Bailing out at 400 feet. (04:00) 
  
 Personal Correspondence (6 items)
From Martin J. G. Hols to J. J. Pearce [September 9, 1980] From Pax Sherwood to Milton Stern [11 February 1988] To Martin J. G. Hols [February 15, 1988]
To Martin Hols [March 23, 1988] To D. S. Drijver [August 9, 1997] To Mr. Stein [March 8, 1988]
  
 Other Materials (4 items)
Copy of file card at Stalag Luft I Statement in support of disability claim "For You the War Is Over," poem from the Kriegie Diary
"Combat" and "Thanks for the memories," poems from the Kriegie Diary  
  
 
Home » Milton W. Stern
  The Library of Congress  >> American Folklife Center
  October 26, 2011
  Legal | External Link Disclaimer Need Help?   
Contact Us