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The Jewish Army Plan

(1941 - 1942)

As Hitler’s army was conquering Europe and moved into North Africa, a movement began in the United States to create a Jewish army comprised of Jewish volunteers from Palestine, other Middle East countries, and stateless Jews driven from their homes, to fight the Nazis. Proponents suggested 100,000 Jews would fight because of “their hate for Hitlerism.” The Committee for a Jewish Army of Stateless and Palestinian Jews led by Peter Bergson proposed that the Imperial War Council form the Jewish army under the Supreme Allied Command.