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Canadian Newspaper Pays Tribute to Jewish Servicemen; Hits Lack of Recognition

A glowing tribute to the Jewish officers and men serving in the Canadian armed forces has been paid by the Toronto Globe and Mail in an editorial noting that Capt. Benjamin Dunkelman, of the Quean’s Own Rifles, had been rewarded the Distinguished Service Order. The editorial says in part:

“It is not generally realized that there were more than enough Jews in the canadian armed forces to form an entire division. These patriotic citizens fought as brilliantly and as bravely as those of any other race. It is regrettable that in(##)clerant Canadians have been prone to scoff at the service and sacrifice of fellow-citizens of the Jewish race who maintained the great traditions of their people in the present struggle against Nazism. Too often Gentiles have failed to recognize the loyalty, industry and military genius of Jewish soldiers and airmen, whose bravery and accomplishments did not suffer in comparison with the fighting qualities of any of the combatants in the war theatres of Europe.

“Acting Major Dunkelman, DSO, is typical of the Canadians whose qualities were so warmly acclaimed by the people of Holland, Belgium, France and Italy when they were liberated from the German yoke. Jewish Canadians, whether serving on land, on sea or in the air, were among the most effective fighters in the armies of the Allies.”

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