Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Day The Rabbis Marched

I was always under the (admittedly ignorant) impression that the various Jewish communities outside of Europe did little to try to influence their governments to help European Yidden during the holocaust. I knew that there were individuals who worked hard to do this but didn't know much about the various organisations which were trying to help.

The Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe (Va'ad Ha-Hatzala) in America was one such organisation. An article on Arutz Sheva alerted me to a "demonstration" by 400 Rabbis in 1943 in Washington DC. The web site of the David S Wyman Institute has details of this march here. There are original documents and photos which make for quite fascinating reading and viewing.