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Wiesbaden, Germany, Dec. 22, 1946: Maj. Gen. Idwal H. Edwards, commanding general of USAFE (standing at the lectern, right), Chaplain Capt. William Z. Dalin, Headquarters Command, USAFE (standing, left); Brig. Gen. J. H. McCormick, assistant chief of staff, A-1, Headquarters Command, USAFE (seated, second from left); and Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, advisor to Theater Command on Jewish Affairs, are shown at the rededication ceremony of the Jewish Synagogue Center of Wiesbaden.

Bernstein would become known for his work resettling hundreds of thousands of displaced European Jews after World War II. Dalin served as the only Jewish chaplain of the U.S. Air Corps at the time and served as an aide to Bernstein, also assisting Jewish displaced persons.

The Orthodox Synagogue in Wiesbaden was desecrated and defiled Nov. 10, 1938 — also known as Kristalnacht, when Nazis in Germany annexed Austria and torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses, and killed hundreds of Jews the areas of the Sudetenland in then-Czechoslovakia. The restoration of the building was partly made possible with the assistance of the U.S. occupational forces stationed at the Headquarters Command, United States Air Forces in Europe, Wiesbaden Air Base.

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