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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Bebe Koch

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Bebe Koch until we are able to commission a full entry.

Military Officer Bebe Koch (1923-1984).

Wanting to somehow contribute to the defeat of the Nazis persecuting her fellow Jews, Bebe Koch enlisted at age nineteen and rose through the ranks to become a platoon commander. Koch enlisted in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) through Hunter College in 1942 and was stationed at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington DC. She became a close aide to Rear Admiral Hopewood. After the war, Koch settled in Montgomery Country, Maryland, where she served as chair of the first human relations and landlord-tenant commission.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Bebe Koch." (Viewed on March 20, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/koch-bebe>.


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