After discussion:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Origin of this tale: Hebrew at Ultra Orthodox newspaper or bhol.co.il

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:

nyt oct 2 1945 nyt oct 2 1945 pt2 nyt oct 2 1945 pt3 nyt oct 2 1945 pt4

Also evidence that Patton inspected the same camp around the time Eisenhower was there

Patton inspected camp

And another piece:Evening Star

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    So the source isn't even really the newspaper, but a facebook post claiming to be from the newspaper?
    – T.E.D.
    Nov 17 at 22:38
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    Frankly, sounds like silly folk story about the old wizard ;) Would not be so bad if thousands did not die in those same concentration camps, without the help of wizard's magic.
    – rs.29
    Nov 18 at 1:01
  • @rs.29 it's a "known" tale I read in more than one place, the facebook paper has photo from the paper. Typically UO papers do not have internet websites, since using the internet is controversial than. Nov 18 at 8:15
  • @rs.29 I tend to agree, however the tale contained many specific details and names. And the visit to Feldafing did happen, there seem to be a meeting with a Rabbi there in other sources I found. Nov 18 at 8:16
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    Please add the "other sources" into the question, as well as an exact translation of the relevant identifying parts as an English quote. The date given seems to be as year 5705 corresponds to collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/pa1040155 but for Sep 17 '45, I don't understand the language used around 'in the midst of Yom Kippur' well enough… Nov 18 at 8:32

This is obviously a fairy tale.

  • Patton didn't die in a taxi, but was injured in a car accident in his own staff car. He died due to complications of his injuries.
  • Eisenhower became president in 1953. It's not impossible he planned to run for president in the future, but 8 years in advance is stretching it.
  • The story comes from ultra orthodox sources. In general, not exactly unbiased, to say the least. (The same applies to any ultra orthodox whatever, not necessarily Jews.)
  • There are no independent sources (staff officers, attendants, journalists) confirming the story.
  • It fits the expected narrative: Eisenhower, not antisemitic: good and Patton, antisemitic: bad. Eisenhower is rewarded, Patton is punished. The rabbi couldn't curse all the guards of his camp? Why his liberator?
  • I tend to apriori agree, however I was not sure there's no source, and there are many sources for a visit in Feldafing, and some for a meeting with a Rabbi there. It's obviously shouldn't be taken as it is, but might be based on something. Nov 18 at 8:20
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    @ElazarLeibovich No, it doesn't have to be based on something. People make up stories. An Israeli carpenter is supposed to have walked over water. Is that based on something? Patton may have been antisemitic, but he never put people in KZ lagers. Even better: he liberated the inmates. Kind of harsh to curse a man for that.
    – Jos
    Nov 18 at 8:29
  • Whole story seems like psychological crutch. Jews needed to persuade themselves they are still "God's chosen people" , so even those who are slightly against them, like Patton, are punished by death. Reality on the ground was of course much different.
    – rs.29
    Nov 18 at 9:35
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    @ElazarLeibovich I suppose you could add translation.
    – rs.29
    Nov 18 at 19:51
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    Also it seems to be anachronistic. Patton's anti-semetic views appear to have been largely unknown to the public prior to his being appointed military governor of Bavaria, and then getting fired for making intemperate remarks about the Nazi party. Even then, intemperate remarks of all kinds were a Patton specialty, so it wasn't clear that he had issues with Jews specifically until after his death when his diaries were published.
    – T.E.D.
    Nov 18 at 19:53

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