In my last column, I noted several stories in the JN regarding Jews fighting the Nazis in World War II. In the Dec. 11, 1942, issue of the JN, there was more supporting evidence to this fact. On the front page, there was a photo display of Palestinian Jews serving with the British Army in North Africa. At this point in the war, it was reported that more than 47,000 Palestinian Jews were serving with the British. There was also an interesting photo of a group of Polish and Jewish Boy Scouts fraternizing in Tel Aviv.

The dramatic story, however, was not an article, but a list. Beginning on page 13, the JN had compiled a “Roll of Honor,” a four-page “partial” list of the hundreds of Detroit Jews serving in the American military. Check it out — you may know some of these servicemen and women.

Two interesting stories of Jewish Detroiters also appeared in this issue. One was about community leader Maurice Aronsson, who was celebrating his 50th birthday. His party was a bit different than usual — he was providing dinner and theater to 500 servicemen. Aronsson certainly displayed a great type of patriotism. It is no wonder he was a highly respected member of the Jewish and Detroit communities.

Another article noted that Albert Kahn had passed away. It would not be an exaggeration to say he was the most famous and influential industrial architect of the world in the 20th century. Kahn changed the face of Metro Detroit, from Ford’s Highland Park and River Rouge factories, to the Fisher Building and General Motors former headquarters on Grand Boulevard. His firm, Albert Kahn Associates, is still in Detroit, based in the — you guessed it — Albert Kahn Building

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