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Letter from Semion Grinshpun to Ilya Ehrenburg

In his March 26, 1944 letter to Ilya Ehrenburg Grinshpun wrote:

"Comrade Ehrenburg! I may be wrong but I wonder about the following:

Wouldn't it be a good idea to form Jewish [military] units along with other ethnic ones? I am sure that the Jews would fight against the fascists with a ten-fold hatred – as patriots of our Homeland and as avengers of the blood of their closest of kin – their brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, wives, and children. Is there a single Jew who, in addition to the general Soviet account that we have to settle against the fascists, does not have as well a personal account to settle against the fascist monsters?

It should be noted that this was not an isolated case. The question of establishing Jewish units was raised by many Jews who served in the Red Army."

From: Mordechai Altshuler, Yitzhak Arad, and Shmuel Krakowski, eds., Sovetskie evrei pishut Il'e Erenburgu(Soviet Jews Write to Ilya Ehrenburg), Jerusalem, 1993, p. 132.