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Jewish Soldiers Forego Leaves So Christian Comrades May Have Christmas Furloughs

December 23, 1941
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With the outbreak of war putting a premium on furloughs for soldiers, thousands of Jewish men in the armed forces throughout the nation this week offered to forego holiday leaves so that a greater number of their Christian comrades might be with their families on Christmas Day.

This offer on the part of the Jewish soldiers was made public by Frank L. Weil, President of the Jewish Welfare Board, in an address to representatives of affiliated Jewish Centers and Y.M.H.A.’s in the metropolitan area at a defense conference yesterday at the Y.M.H.A. here. “So far,” Mr. Weil revealed, “more than 20 camps have reported that Jewish men have volunteered to remain on post on Christmas.”

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