World War II still raged in Europe and the Pacific in 1943, and the Feb. 2 issue of the JN has some interesting news about the level of support that American Jews provided toward the war effort. It was most impressive.

Detroit Jewish News paper from February 2, 1943 edition.On page 5, the headline read, with not the best grammar: “U.S. Jews Give $74, 885, 285 to Aid Million Flee Nazis.” The gist of the story was that, since 1933, the year Hitler and his Nazis came to power in Germany, the United Jewish Appeal for Refugees, Overseas Needs and Palestine, had raised this amount. Adjusted for inflation, in 2018, this would be more than $1 billion! That’s a lot of dough by any standard. The UJA also estimated that its efforts had saved about 1 million Jews from disaster; 305,000 had found homes in Palestine, 208,000 refugees had immigrated to the United States, and 125,000 had found a refuge in South America.

Along these same lines, there was another similar story: “B’nai Brith’s Bond Goal: Two Submarine Chasers!” It went on to explain that all lodges, auxiliaries and the AZA in Detroit would join the drive to sell $1 million worth of bonds in February. Each ship would bear a shield with the names of the sponsors.

In other war news, there was a small item about a fellow who was cited in a previous column. Sgt. Meyer Levin, one of the first Jews to be recognized for his heroism in the war, was still a bombardier in the South Pacific, and Levin was awarded his third medal for bravery. Another brief item cited Private Sidney Hanfling, who was helping to add to the nation’s paper shortage. Hanfling was continually writing to 23 cousins, all of whom were serving in the military. That’s a lot of prose!

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