WWII letter home: 1943
a of is Bland-ing, Stranded Boro Soldier Got Lift From Masaryk Sergeant Cohen Thrilled When Motorist Turns Out to Be Czech Statesman Sgt. Herbert Cohen of Brooklyn, serving with a United States fighter command in England, experienced his biggest thrill of the war overseas while being given a lift back to camp alter a 36-hour leave re- ' cently. The friendly--, m o t o r 1 s t was Jan Masaryk C z echoslovakian Minister of For- eign Affairs, and the information concerning the S- Herbert Cohen incident was presented by Sergeant Cohen's parents to Emil Schram, chairman of the New York Committee of the National War Fund, which is currently seeking $17,000,-000 in a city-wide campaign on behalf of United Czechoslovak Relief and 25 other war-related agencies. Sergeant Cohen, who lived with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. William Cohen, at 1553 Carroll St. until he joined the army in January, 1942, is a graduate of James Madison High School and Pace Institute, and has been serving in England since June, 1942. He was accompanied pn the Masaryk-chauffeured auto ride by a buddy, whom he identified only as "Al." Masaryk Writes to Mother Upon receiving her son's letter Mrs. Cohen immediately wrote to Mr. Masaryk, who had by then arrived in this country to attend the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation conference, to thank him for his kindness to Herbert. She received the following letter in reply: "My Dear Mrs. Cohen Thank you for your kind note. It was a pleasure to see your boy. who I looked very well, Indeed, and although loaning to get heme, understands fully that first that unspeakable Hitler must, be annihilated. We had a nice talk and I feit refreshed by your boy's and his friend's youth and energy. "Indeed it is my daily prayer that peace, decency, law, love and not hate make their reappearance soon. "With all good wishes to you and yours, "Sincerely yours, "JAN MASARYK." Missed Bus to Camp The 28-year-old Brooklynite. relating the incident to his parents in a V-mail leter, explained that he and his buddy had left the home of their English hosts too late to meet the only bus that would get them back to camp on time. "Eventually a car came by and. believe it or not, it stopped for us," Sergeant Cohen wrote. "The driver told us he thought we would like to trade places with him, as he was going to the States the next day for a conference on postwar rehabilitation. From our expressions he surmised we'd been here a long while and asked how long we'd been here. We told him, to which he said that he knew how it was being away from one's home country for a long while, as he was a Czechoslovakian. "I then mentioned that we had a cook on our post who was also a Czech, at which he commented, 'If you want an extra portion of anything, just tell him you met Jan Masaryk.' "Wow! You should have seen the expression on our pans. We almost fell out of the car. Needless to say, that is one thing that we'll both long remember ."