Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, Nov. 26, 2015



djc-1918-11-15-1-001Two weeks ago, we celebrated Veteran’s Day, a day to honor all the men and women who served in America’s armed forces. This is not to be confused with Memorial Day, where we remember all those who lost their lives defending the United States.

Veteran’s Day, officially celebrated on Nov. 11, was originally called Armistice Day. This commemorated armistice that ended World War I — or the Great War as it was known then. Hostilities ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

I was curious (and anxious to explore our new database!). How did the Jewish Chronicle cover the end of the “Great War?”

Surprisingly, there was no banner or masthead declaring the end of the war. However, the Nov. 15, 1918, issue of the Chronicle had an interesting story, citing more than 200,000 Jews enrolled in America’s armed forces, 5,000 of whom were officers.

But, this story also had an ominous and, unfortunately, accurate worry. The American Jewish Committee saw “Jews facing persecution in Russia, and Problems in Poland and Other Lands.” Indeed, Jews did experience increased persecution, and just over 20 years later, the Nazi’s took persecution to an unsurpassed evil — the Holocaust.

By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist


Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.


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