To say the least, 75 years ago, the news in the JN was dismal. One just needs to read page 2 of the July 17, 1942, issue.

On one hand, it’s an impressive page. It features news from around the world from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The breadth of the news about Jews is global, indeed. But, on the other hand, there is a lot of tragic news.

There was an announcement that 150,000 Jews from Holland would be deported to Nazi-occupied territory in Eastern Europe. We know this meant a trip to death camps like Auschwitz. Another piece cited from Germany notes that Nazis in occupied Europe had confiscated more than $2 billion in property. In Greece, the entire Jewish male population between ages 18-55 was ordered to assemble. I did say the news was dismal, and I only cited three stories.

There were, however, a few encouraging pieces. In Turkey, the government refused to agree to an official Nazi Germany request to extradite the Jewish refugees who sought safety there. And there is an article on “Detroiters Participating in Building Palestine Colony.” This was Ain Hasophet, which was named in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, and was celebrating its fifth birthday.

When writing about the news from 75 years ago, I sometimes feel like I’m largely conveying bad news to readers. But, as our publisher, Arthur Horwitz, noted in his editorial that kicked-off the JN’s celebratory year, the JN was born in troubled times. Indeed. But, the JN met its obligation to keep the Jewish community informed, despite the nature of the headline news; and inside each issue one will find positive community news. It is good to keep this in mind.

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