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Fighters Against the Nazis: Jewish Soldiers in the Allied Forces

Jews served in all the Allied armies that fought the Nazis. The most outstanding contribution was in the Red Army, where the Jews served in all positions and at all levels of command. Over 100,000 Jews from the Red Army were captured by the Nazis, yet few survived.  Many Jews, including those who managed to escape the Nazi menace in the late 1930s, served in the armies of the western Allies, especially in the United States and the British armed forces. Some 30,000 Jews from Erez Israel enlisted in the British army, 5,000 of whom were in a separate unit known as the Jewish Brigade. Their encounter with survivors of the camps at the end of the war was especially emotional.

Total Sources (by media type):

Artifact Collection 5
Lexicon Entries 17
Photographs 60
Research 12
Testimonies 3
   
Total Sources 97