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David Ben-Gurion's 1940 Mission to Rouse the Fighting Spirit of American Jews

As millions of Jews fell under the Nazi yoke, Zionism’s foremost leader came to America with one goal. He didn’t achieve it.

January 17, 2018 | Rick Richman

David Ben-Gurion in 1960. Keystone/Getty Images.

In 1940, as millions of Jews came under Nazi control in the countries conquered by Hitler, and as the route to safety in Palestine remained closed by the British Mandatory power, three of Zionism’s greatest leaders traveled to America. They came at different times, on separate missions, but all three—Chaim Weizmann, the president of the
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