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Irving William Rappoport

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Rappaport, Irving


Rappaport, Irving William. (“Rappy,” Isidore, Isreael), b. August 10, 1910, NYC, Jewish, Graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, then to the City College of New York, in 1929 complete 1 yr. at a business school, Single, Food worker in a grocery store, CP 1934, received passport# 360561 on January 8, 1937 which listed his address as 381 Powell Street, Brooklyn, New York, Sailed January 16, 1937 aboard the Paris, Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Jarama and Brunete, Returned to the US on September 24, 1937 aboard the De Grasse, WWII US Army, Infantry, later to Medical Services, stationed in India, d. January 17, 2007. 

Sources: Sail, SACB, Lincoln (under Rappaport, Israel); Harriman; (obituary) Scott Louis Clancy, “Irving Rappoport, 1910-2007,” The Volunteer, Volume 24, No. 1, March 2007, p. 22.

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Additional Notes Irving “Rappy” Rappoport, husband to Florence Rappoport, died on January 17, 2007, at the age of 96. As a young man in early 1930’s New York City, Rappoport saw the economic inequities that affected not only him, but also those around him, and he acted. He helped to organize the first grocers’ union in New York, bringing living wages and an equitable work week to thousands. In January 1937, he sailed to Spain to fight the good fight against tyranny. Surviving the battle of Jarama, as well as many others, he returned to the states in October 1937 after contracting an illness. He returned to New York, where he met and married Florence Kreitzer in 1939. As World War II began, he left to continue the good fight. After the war, he started and ended a business, worked hard, and helped to raise his two daughters instilling in them his love, ideals, and humor. By Scott Louis Clancybattlefields