The Forgotten Black Soldiers

Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, were part of the defending forces of Washington, D.C. Photo shows two rows of African Americans holding rifles at Fort Lincoln in 1864
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Israel Meir Lau was born in 1937 in Piotrkow Trybunalski Poland. At age five, most of the city’s Jews, including Lau’s parents, were deported to the extermination camp known as Treblinka, where the Nazis would go on to murder 925,000 Jews. Four of my own cousins all under the age six were killed there.



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