Morris L. Horowitz collection
Scope and Contents
This collection relates to Morris L. Horowitz who served in the U.S. Army with the 669th Military Police Escort Guard Company during World War II in Europe. He was a Jewish-American soldier. The collection contains two unit group photographs.
- Creation: 1944-1946
- Other: Date acquired: 2016-09-08
- Other: Date accessioned: 2020-04-28
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to all researchers.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Biographical or Historical Information
Morris L. Horowitz was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 18th, 1924. His parents emigrated from Poland to the United States just before he was born, and he had two sisters who were born in Poland. While he was studying to become a veterinarian, he received his draft notice in 1944 and continued his tour of duty until 1946. He proceeded with basic training in Texas, and later traveled to various other camps, where usually he was one of the very few Jews in the unit. His outfit, the 1st Tank Destroyer Brigade, spent considerable time in Germany following the liberation. He specifically served in Nuremberg in the War Crimes Commission investigating former SS officers during the German occupation and also scouting out and capturing officers in hiding. Among the medals he received are: The World War II victory medal, the European Theater Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Good Conduct medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. Horowitz providied an oral interview to the Veterans History Project, which is available at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.03627/transcript?ID=sr0001. Additionally, an article published by WPTV West Palm Beach recounts a story of Horowitz reuniting with Carl Wilner, a man who he had given his chocolate ration when liberating a concentration camp. They met by a chance encounter, both members of a book club at a senior living facility. The story can be found at https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/a-soldier-learns-his-kindness-saved-a-life-decades-ago.
Language of Materials
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Robert M. Schwartz. This collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on September 8, 2016.
Created 09/21/2016 by Christina Armes
- Concentration camps--Germany
- Jewish soldiers--United States
- Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949
- United States. Army--History--World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps
- World War, 1939-1945--Germany
- World War, 1939-1945--Germany--Nuremberg
- Morris L. Horowitz collection
- Mallory McGovern
- April 28, 2020
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