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Vicki Lewis

Lieutenant Vicki Lewis struggled with anti-Semitism throughout her time as a weapons trainer in the US Army. Lewis joined the Army in 1979, after graduating college, beginning as an ambulance platoon leader and rising to become a nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons trainer. Following an active duty tour with the First Infantry Division, Lewis was interviewed by the Chicago Sentinel and discussed her experiences of anti-Semitism and religious insensitivity in what was supposed to be the most non-discriminatory military in the world. Lewis reported that clergy leading services would praise Jesus Christ without awareness that not all soldiers were Christian, pork was often the only meat available, administrative personnel would fail to grant leave for High Holidays, and fellow soldiers would make anti-Semitic remarks or jokes. Despite this, Lewis also discussed how important it had been for her to serve her country, and the camaraderie she was able to develop with her fellow soldiers.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Vicki Lewis." (Viewed on August 27, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/lewis-vicki>.

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