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NEWS RELEASE #5
Mollie’s War, New Book, Presents Experiences of
First Women to Serve in U.S. Army

Why did an average American woman become a WAC (Women’s Army Corps) during World War II and place herself in peril?

Authors Cyndee Schaffer and Mollie Weinstein Schaffer answer this question and more in the book, Mollie’s War, a story weaved around the collection of letters that Mollie wrote home to her sister during WWII. Just published by McFarland Publishers, Mollie’s War documents the human side of life during the war – a life that alternates between fear and romance, exhaustion and leisure.

It took many letters home, sharing everything from daily challenges to exciting experiences (when the censors allowed) for her story, Mollie’s War, to emerge. What was it like to be in England while the country was under constant bombardment by unmanned German missiles? Imagine being among the first WACs to enter Normandy after the D-Day invasion. Consider using your foreign language skills from high school, as Mollie did when she was transferred to Paris and served as interpreter in both work and social situations. Envision a young Jewish woman in Frankfurt, Germany, on Rosh Hashanah, 1945, and walking with other enlistees and soldiers to the rededication of the only standing synagogue.

The collection and stories vividly depict Mollie’s experiences from her first train trip to Daytona Beach, Florida, for basic training in October, 1943, to the dramatic image of seeing the Statue of Liberty as her ship approached the U.S. shores in November, 1945.

The WAC was established in 1942, and these were the first women, other than nurses, to serve in the U.S. Army. The WAC as a separate branch of the Army was disbanded in 1978.

For more information about Mollie’s War, contact her daughter and co-author, Cyndee Schaffer for book signings, interviews and presentations at [phone number] or visit www.mollieswar.wordpress.com.

A great gift, Mollie’s War (291 pages, 22 images, $35) is available at …

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