Photos of the 63rd Infantry Division
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The following photos and letter were furnished by Martin Kahan, Son of Chaplain
(Captain) Aaron Kahan, Hq 63rd Inf Div and Hq 254th Inf Regt.  These photos relate
to the first Jewish services held after the war at the synagogue in Bad Mergentheim,
Germany.  There is also a letter from the Mayor of Bad Mergentheim to Chaplain
Kahan, regarding the fate of Jews in the town of Bad Mergentheim.
Chap Kahan with assistants
After Jewish services
Inside Synagogue
During services
Services in the Synagogue
Services in Synagogue
Letter from Mayor of Bad Mergentheim
Copy of letter from the Mayor of Bad Mergentheim, Germany to Chaplain Kahan, 4 May 1945.  Because
the print is not easy to read I am including the text of the letter below:

To the Honorable Rabbi, Bad Mergentheim:
Sir:  As Mayor of the Municipality of Bad Mergentheim, I have the honor to present to you the keys of
the Synagogue of the former Jewish Community.  By a particular chance, this synagogue was
"prevented" from being demolished like all others in Germany because a setting on fire of this building
would have caused great danger to the whole town.  But I still feel a much greater joy that I am able to
present to you the Holy of the Holies of the Jewish Community which the last head handed over to a
faithful Catholic, giving him the instruction to hide it until Jews would be again in Bad Mergentheim.  
Unfortunately the Jews who resided formerly here are scattered in all directions of the world or dead.  I
can assure you that the greater part of the population of Bad Mergentheim did not take part in this terrible
misdeeds and that they saw with inward wrath this crime which dishonors our German people for all
times.  I hope that many of our Jewish residents might come back and that they, as far as they are still
living, might collaborate with us in order to rebuild a free and better Germany, delivered from the
nazi-plague and from racial and national hatred.  I am greeting you  in the name of the Municipality of
Bad  Mergentheim and I remain with the greatest respect, yours.  Signature Dr. Karl Herz
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