Michael Jack Greenberg
Dr. Michael J. Greenberg is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with a PhD in Chemistry. He worked for over 36 years in the food industry as a scientist at Quaker Oats, and R&D Director/ Technology Fellow at the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. As a scientist, he is an inventor on over sixty US Patents, numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, chapters in technical books, and made numerous scientific presentations at international conferences. In 2007, he was given the highest honor that can be bestowed on a scientist at Wrigley, the “Innovation Special Recognition Award” for 26 years of dedication and scientific contributions to the company. He retired from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 2012 and started a business called Imagetripping LLC, which includes technical consulting for the food industry, book publication and promotion, and a web based travel photography business with a website at www.imagetripping.com. Numerous images of his have been seen in various publications such as the Jewish Daily Forward, Forbes Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune North Editions.
Greenberg has been deeply engaged with Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS) and the greater Chicago area Jewish Community for over 30 years. He was the CBS Men’s Club Man of the Year in 2001, and received their coveted Kavod Award for community service in 2010. Since 2006, he has been active in the Midwest Region Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs and served as their President for 2013-2015. He has been married for 36 years to his lovely wife, Judi and they live in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Greenberg leveraged his network in the Jewish community and his skills as a scientist - gathering and substantiating information in the research and manuscript preparation for "Tables Turned on Them-Jews Guarding Nazi POWs in the United States". His company, Imagetripping LLC intends to donate at least thirty-three percent of net profits from “Tables Turned on Them” sales to organizations that benefit veterans, and/or fight racial, religious and ethnic prejudice.
Press and Media Mentions
- “The astounding story Mike Greenberg uncovered about Jewish GIs from Chicago guarding Nazi prisoners of war in domestic internment camps in World War II has legs as another Memorial Day passes by. Greenberg’s scholarly quest was detailed in an April 1, 2016 cover story in Chicago Jewish News. Publishing of that story prompted relatives of living and deceased Jewish GIs to come forward with their own histories” -George Castle, Reporter, Chicago Jewish News, April 1 and June 3, 2016 Issues
- “Michael Greenberg discovered an important topic that deserved to be examined at much greater length. The concept that the US Army would put Jewish soldiers in charge of Germans- some strongly pro-Nazi- prisoners of war is not widely known. “ “Greenberg wanted to chronicle his father’s experience as a Jewish GI assigned to guard German POWs at Camp Clinton, Mississippi. What started as an interest in his father’s experience blossomed into a full-fledged project on the diverse experiences of many Jewish GIs who found themselves serving as guards in American POW camps for German soldiers. “ -Derek Mallet PhD, Assistant Professor of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Department of Military History, Augusta, Georgia.