28 Jul '14, 8am

Liberator of concentration camp and #veteran of 3 wars honored: #military

CARBONDALE — As a 23-year-old Army officer helping to liberate a German concentration camp during World War II, Alvin Ungerleider used prayer to show the surviving Jews that not only was he one of them, but they were free. The Carbondale native, who died in 2011, recited the kaddish, a mourning prayer for the starving and near-dead prisoners of the Dora-Mittelbau camp, then went into the nearby town to find them food. The experience in the camp, which held piles of dead bodies, stuck with him. “We thought we had entered the gates of hell,” he told reporter and friend Peter Maer. On Saturday, with a platoon of Ungerleiders in attendance from as far as Alaska and Israel, the city of Carbondale unveiled a monument to the soldier in Memorial Park. Speaking to the crowd of about 150, while police blocked off Main Street that ran along the park, Gen. Ungerleider’s 87-year-old si...

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