Obit of the Day: War and WAC
Mollie Weinstein joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1943 with two of her girlfriends. Her parents were not pleased; her father cried. After training, Weinstein was sent to London to help assess potential battlefield conditions for U.S. Army medical intelligence. Her first battlefied? The beaches at Normandy.
Following the successful invasion on D-Day, Weinstein continued to follow the Allied army east: first to Normandy, then the liberation of Paris, and finally, onto Germany. Weinstein, who was Jewish, was uncomfortable in the heart of the Third Reich but her timing and heritage allowed her to be present for the re-dedication of the only synagogue left standing in Frankfort, Germany.
After the war, Weinstein married Jacob Shaffner. (They met on December 31, 1945 and married three weeks later on January 20, 1946.) The Schaffners moved to Chicago and after raising three children Mollie found herself working in the medical field again at Garfield Park and Edgewater Hospitals.
Mollie Weinstein Shaffner and her daughter Cyndee co-authored a memoir of Mrs. Shaffner’s time in the WAC, titled Mollie’s War, which was published in 2010. (It’s available on Amazon or order it through your local bookstore.)
Mollie Schaffner died at the age of 95.
(Image of Mollie Weinstein in her WAC uniform in Paris, November 1944, is courtesy of blogs.forward.com and from her bookMollie’s War.)
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