- The "magical" part here is beside the point, I just quoted the legend. I'm insterested with the factual things, some of which might have happened. For example, it's very plausible Eisenhower mentioned a blessing by holocaust survivor in his speeches. His books and attitude shows IMHO he was very sympathetic to DPs in general, Jewish or not.
- As requested, other sources citing a visit and meeting with a Rabbi is in this JPost column. Here they describe a request for traditional "Four Species" for the Succot holday.
There’s a recent tale published in Ultra Orthodox newspapers in Israel, which tells the following story:
When Eisenhower and Patton visited a displaced persons camp, they talked to Rabbi Halberstam, using a Rabbi chaplain as a translator.
They allegedly both asked him for a blessing. He blessed Eisenhower to fill the highest position in the US, and “blessed” Patton to die in unnatural way, due to his antisemitism. The chaplain then told Patton his blessing was “may your name be set in stone”.
Eventually, Patton died in a car accident, and Eisenhower became president, and even mentioned the blessing in his memories and his speeches.
This folklore quotes Rabbi Silver/Zilber as the translator, a visit in Yom Kippur to Feldafing. There was such a visit of both generals, but I saw many different details of the content of this visit.
I was wondering what’s the source of this tale. I assume there’s some grain of truth in it, and I thought it might be a more common knowledge to history lovers.
I tried to skim Eisenhower's books "Crusade in Europe" and searched the indices there, and had a look at "Eisenhower and the Jews" book, but couldn't find any clue.
Is that completely baseless? How can I find out more about the source of this folklore tale?
Apparently I found evidence to this visit, with clear indications that the Jewish DPs there were not content with Patton's attitude:
Also evidence that Patton inspected the same camp around the time Eisenhower was there