Posts Tagged ‘World War I’

Joseph Sprinzak, a man in a suit with a mustache, sits at a table playing with his hands and staring off into the distance.

Joseph Sprinzak Is Born

December 8, 1885 From the Center for Israel Education Joseph Sprinzak, who would serve as the first Speaker of the Knesset and twice as Interim President, is born in Moscow, Russia.   His family was forced to leave Moscow, when Jews were expelled in 1891, eventually settling in Warsaw.  Sprinzak’s father was an active Zionist and…

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The Central Relief Committee and the American Jewish Relief Committee agree to combine their efforts Nov. 27, 1914.

The JDC Is Founded

November 27, 1914 The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is founded with the merger of the Central Relief Committee and the American Jewish Relief Committee. Following an urgent plea for funds to support the Jewish community in Palestine in August, American Jewish leaders, led by Louis Marshall and Jacob Schiff had quickly raised $50,000 and…

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Joseph Trumpeldor Is Born

November 21, 1880 Joseph Trumpeldor is born in Pyatigorsk, Russia, where collective communal life grew in popularity. He combined his interest in Zionism with the establishment of agricultural collectives in the Land of Israel. Drafted into the Russian Army in 1902, he fought in the Russo-Japanese War. Despite losing his left arm, he went back…

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girl and her dog walk up a dirt path with the Hollywood sign in the background.

Celebrity Jews: Stan Lee and Veterans Day

Nate Bloom COLUMNIST THE PASSING OF A LEGEND I could easily write five columns about comic book “king” Stan Lee, who passed away on Nov. 12, age 95. He was born Stanley Martin Lieber in Manhattan, the son of poor Romanian Jewish immigrants. “I changed it,” Lee has said, “because I felt someday I’d be…

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Reuven Rubin paints a portrait of his son in 1951.

Artist Reuven Rubin Is Born

November 13, 1893 Reuven Rubin, one of Israel’s most acclaimed painters is born in Galatz, Romania. Rubin (born Rubin Zelicovici), whose family was both very poor and very religious (his father was the leader of the local congregation), was enchanted by the stories of the Land of Israel he would hear from visiting emissaries who…

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Nov. 7, 1919 Jewish Chronicle editorial on Armistice Day/Veterans Day

Looking Back at Veterans Day

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History This year, Veterans Day holds a special significance. It marks 100 years since the end of World War I or “The Great War,” which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 (although the war did not…

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Samuel Curtis's WWI/Great War diary and two letters from the War.

Dispatches from the Great War

100-year-old diary from Jewish GI sheds light on what it was like to be at the front. I never cease to be amazed by the incredible stories I’m fortunate to learn about and share in the Jewish News. This is one right up there in the incredible column because it’s a story that is 100…

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Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade advancing on Beersheba where Turkish defenders were.

Beersheba Is Captured by 4th Light Horse Brigade

October 31, 1917 As part of the British campaign of World War I, the Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade overtake the Turkish defenders and capture Beersheba (shown advancing on Beersheba in the photo above). By capturing Beersheba, British forces were able to break the Ottoman line near Gaza and advance deep into Palestine. The British…

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Aug. 4, 1916 issue of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle praising the adventures of Paul Koenig, captain of the German submarine Deutschland in World War I.

Looking Back At Germany And World War I

From the DJN Foundation Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History When cruising through the Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, a reader can find the unexpected, something beyond a written record of Jews in Detroit and Michigan, or in America and the world at-large. And, sometimes the report you find will really illustrate…

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Sarah Aaronsohn

Sarah Aaronsohn Dies

October 9, 1917 Sarah Aaronsohn dies four days after shooting herself in an effort to avoid further torture and interrogation from the Turkish authorities. Aaronsohn was born in 1890 in Zichron Yaakov. In 1914 she married and moved with her husband to Constantinople. Her marriage would end after one year and in 1915, Sarah returned…

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