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Jonas, “Our Part In This War: A Word To Jewish Men” (September 1939)

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Individual dignity, national honor, and political consideration command in equal measure our full participation in this war. In a measure incomparably greater than any of the states currently allied against Adolf Hitler, it is who have been attacked and threatened with annihilation. If there were a Jewish state today, it would have to be the first one to follow England and France in declaring war against Hitler?s Germany. Jewish men ! A generation that experienced the world war consciously is guarded against entering a war lightheartedly, and against deluding itself about its horrors. But with this knowledge, to which one must add the knowledge of six years of Hitlerian degradation, we vow that this war of Jews must be taken up and fought at the point where it is most difficult-and where we can look our main enemy in the eye.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; England; France; Germany; Hans Jonas; Jewish men

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