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1939: The War Against The Jews
 pg. 170 
Young Jewish men volunteer for service in the British Armed Forces at a recruitment office in Tel Aviv, Palestine. The poster in the background reads, "Your place is here, enlist!" With the outbreak of war in Europe, David Ben-Gurion of the Jewish Agency Executive encouraged Jews to join the struggle against Hitler. About 26,000 Palestinian Jews as well as 90,000 from the British Commonwealth fought in the British Army.
Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
A group of Poles from the town of Czestochowa awaits execution at the hands of the Nazi Einsatzgruppen, special SS murder squads charged with capturing and eliminating enemies of the German Reich. In Poland the executions were limited largely, but not exclusively, to gentiles. The primary victims were political opponents of Nazism--individuals who were seen as threats to German hegemony.
Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
This photograph, which would eventually become an antisemitic postcard, pictures Jews from the Polish town of Biatek, which the Germans destroyed during their invasion. A German caption accompanying the picture reads: "The Jews are the first to return to the completely destroyed town of Biatek, where they descend like vultures upon the empty shops." The Nazis had very little sympathy for their victims, whom they demonized even as they ruthlessly persecuted them. Hitler ordered that all Poles be evicted from their homeland or killed in order to create Lebensraum -- "Living space" -- for arriving Germans.
Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
 September 6, 1939: German forces occupy Kraków, Poland.
 September 8, 1939: German forces occupy Lódz, Radom, and Tarnów, Poland.
 September 14, 1939: German forces occupy Przemysl, Poland.
1939: The War Against The Jews
 pg. 170 
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