MS 201: David O. Feldman, World War II Military Papers

Posted on February 23rd, 2012 by

Some of you may remember an exhibition we had on loan from the Museumof Jewish Heritage called Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War.? Because of that exhibition we received a large number of donations of photographs, uniforms, dog tags, books, and papers related to the military service of Jewish Marylanders in World War II.? The following finding aid is one of those donations.

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?David O. Feldman (b. 1920)

World War II Military Papers, n.d, 1942-1953

?MS 201

?The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Accession and Provenance

The David O. Feldman World War II Military Papers were donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by David O. Feldman as accession 2008.003.? Jennifer Vess processed the collection with the help of Bernie Raynor and Alan Blumberg in 2011.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.? Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.? Papers may be copied in accordance with the library?s usual procedures.

David O. Feldmann standing outside in the Yukon, 2008.3.1.

Biographical Sketch

David O. Feldman was born May 16, 1920 in Baltimoreto Benno Feldman and Sarah Frank Feldman.? Feldman graduated from North Carolina State University.? In May 1942, after graduating college, he entered the US Army through ROTC and was initially commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant.? Feldman was stationed at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and remained there from June 1942 through April 1946.? Feldman remained in the Army Reserves until being discharged in 1953.? By that point he had attained the rank of Captain.? Feldman married in 1948 and had three children.


Clock showing the "midnight sun" in Whitehorse Yukon Territory, June 21. 2008.3.4.

Scope and Content

This collection contains official records related to David O. Feldman?s military career during World War II, including discharge papers, shipping receipts, orders, rosters, etc.? The materials are divided into folders according the subjects designated by the donor, and the folders are organized in a roughly chronological order.

David O. Feldmann during World War II. 2008.3.3.

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Once Upon a Time…06.10.2011

Posted on February 7th, 2012 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. Click here to see the most recent photo on their website. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Jobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: June 10, 2011

PastPerfect Accession #: 1993.173.032

Status: Unidentified. Nicholas Beser & 11 men, at religious service, “Passover / Paris”.



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MS 200 Brigadier General Bernard Feingold Collection, 1922-1988

Posted on January 26th, 2012 by

Those of you who follow our Twitter feed or read the Baltimore Jewish Times know that the museum has reached Manuscript Collection 200! Here is the recently completed finding aid.

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From Brigadier General Bernard Feingold's uniform. 1993.43.5k

Brigadier General Bernard Feingold



 MS 200

 Jewish Museum of Maryland


The Feingold collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Brigadier General Bernard Feingold in 1993 as accession 1993.43. The Collection was initially processed in 1993, but was reprocessed by Jennifer Swisko in 2011.

Access to the collection is partially restricted. Photocopied materials in the collection either do not belong to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, or have uncertain title. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from the materials in the collection.  Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual procedures.

Private Bernard Feingold, Ft. Meade, MD. 1938, 1993.43.17


Brigadier General Bernard Feingold was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 8, 1922.  He attended the Hebrew Parochial school until his graduation in 1935 and continued his education at Florence Nightingale junior high school.  After his graduation in 1937 he attended Baltimore City College, graduating in 1940.

Certificate of Completion, Hebrew Talmudical Seminary and Parochial School, for Bernard Feingold, June 25, 1934. 1993.43.22

In 1938-1939 Feingold joined the Citizens Military Training Corps (CMTC).  Then in 1940 he joined the Maryland Guard and remained there until called into active duty overseas during WWII. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of operations and took part in the Aleutian Islands campaigns, eventually attaining the rank of 1st sergeant.

After the war Feingold remained in the army and received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard based upon his military record.

When he returned toMarylandhe met Thelma Hirsch of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  They were married on January 23, 1949 inBaltimore.   Their only son, Dr. Alex Feingold was born on April 1, 1950.

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Feingold continued to move up the ranks and he was serving as executive officer of the 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division at the time of its deactivation in 1968.  He was then re-assigned to Maryland Army National Guard Headquarters where he first served as the training officer and then as chief military support to civil authorities.  On July 14, 1973 he was promoted to the rank of colonel.

Feingold’s final assignment was as the Director of Plans, operations and Training for the Maryland Army National Guard.  During this time he also served as the assistant chief of staff for the Maryland Army National Guard. He retired on July 14, 1978 with 40 years of military service.

Following his retirement from the Maryland Army National Guard he was employed as a consultant to the Adjutant General of Maryland and the Military Department from 1978-1980.  From 1980-1982 he was appointed State Quartermaster officer, Military Department, State ofMaryland.

In 1981 Feingold helped to create the Maryland National Guard Museum at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory and later was its director and curator. In 1982 he was appointed to the newly created position of Secretary to the Joint Staff which he held until 1983 and he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1984.

Following his retirement Brigadier General Bernard Feingold continued his work at the Maryland National Guard Museum.  He died on February 18, 1999 and in June of that year the 5th Regiment Armory Museum and Memorial Hall was dedicated to his honor.

General Feingold in full dress uniform, c.1980. 1993.43.18


The Feingold collection includes a range of material related to the life and interests of Brigadier General Bernard Feingold and consists of 23 folders that span the years 1922-1988.  The collection includes books, pamphlets, programs, certificates, personal correspondence and biographical research related to his military and personal interests.

Series I. Books and Booklets, 1926-1973; Series II. Programs and Leaflets 1940-1988; Series III.  Biographical Research 1922-1988; Series IV. Pioneer Women’s Forest Tree Certificates 1937-1945.

Series I. Books and Booklets, 1926-1973.  The folders in this series contain prayer books issued to Jews in the armed forces.  It also includes several other religious books, readers for teaching Yiddish to children, and booklets related to Maryland synagogues.

Series II. Programs and Leaflets 1940-1988. This series contains programs and leaflets related to General Feingold’s life and interests.  It includes play and banquet programs, as well as convention information and collected anti-Vietnam and anti-Semitic leaflets.

Series III.  Biographical Research 1922-1988 The folders in this series contain biographical and archival information relating to Brigadier General Bernard Feingold, Staff Sergeant Isadore S. Jachman, Abe Sherman, and Dr. Herman Seidel.

Series IV. Pioneer Women’s Forest Tree Certificates 1937-1945. This series contains certificates to and from the Feingold family from the Pioneer Women’s Forest for trees planted in their honor.


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