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July 17, 2015  RSS feed

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JVW national convention includes public program on Jewish war hero

The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America will be holding its 120th Annual National Convention next month in Tampa and will include a presentation open to the public on the life of Jewish Medal of Honor recipient Tibor Rubin.

The event, featuring Daniel Cohen, author of Single-Handed, a biography about Rubin, will begin on Aug. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 N. Lois Ave. Cohen, will be speak about Tibor’s life and military experiences and his Medal of Honor citation, then will participate in a question and answer session.

During Word War II, Rubin was liberated by the U.S. Army from a concentration camp in Hungary and immigrated to America. In 1950, he joined the U.S. Army and was sent to Korea. On two occasions, Tibor’s sergeant deliberately put him at great risk, having him cover retreating soldiers with only a machine gun. The first time, Tibor was unscathed. The second time, after inflicting substantial casualties on the enemy, he suffered multiple wounds and was captured. Tibor also saved the lives of 40 American prisoners of war by stealing food, among other things, from the Chinese.

In his talk, Cohen will share his thoughts on interviewing Rubin, the research process, and will give the audience some insight into the man’s life.

In 2001, then Congressman Ben Gilman, R-NY, who served as JWV legislative chairman, was joined by then Congressman Robert Wexler, D-FL, who was a JWV patron member. They helped pass a law mandating the review of the records of all Jewish American veterans and all Hispanic American veterans whose service might merit the receipt of the Medal of Honor. As a result, Rubin received the Medal of Honor in 2005.

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