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Event: 'September 3, 1939' Print
  This Week in History
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Date: Monday, September 03, 2012
Duration: All Day

Upon the declaration of war by the U.K., Jewish Agency head David Ben Gurion pledges full support for Britain, despite the British government “White Paper” which had just announced strict anti-Jewish measures in Palestine, including a prohibition on immigration that would doom countless Jews to death in Europe.

Eventually some 1.5 million Jews will serve in the Allied armies, including 550,000 in the U.S. forces (far more then their relative share of the American population), a similar number in the Red Army, and others in the fighting forces of nearly every nation. Amazingly, some Jews also fought on the Axis side, including in the Finish Army and in the Wehrmacht itself.

Jewish Brigade insignia



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