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Senators Ask Truman To Push For 100,000 Jews To Be Allowed Into Palestine

(June 20, 1946)

President Truman had proposed that 100,000 Jews be allowed into Palestine, but the British were opposed to the idea. While waiting for a recommendation from the Anglo-American Committee, Senator Robert Wagner and eight other senators wrote to the president asking him to support the “immediate admission into Palestine of 100,000 Jews who have been the victims of Nazi persecution.” In an early American reference to the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust, the letter refers to six million Jews who were “tortured, gassed or burned to death” in Hitler’s concentration and extermination camps.