Babe Ruth and the Holocaust

Seventy years ago, the names of 50 German-Americans appeared in a full-page advertisement in ten daily newspapers ‘in denunciation of the Hitler policy of cold-blooded extermination of the Jews of Europe.’ The most prominent signatory was George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth.

By RAFAEL MEDOFF/JNS.ORG
December 20, 2012 15:20
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Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth 370. (photo credit: George Grantham Bain)

 
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Babe Ruth is remembered for his home runs on the field and his hot dog binges and other peccadilloes off the field. But as the American public is about to discover, there was another Babe Ruth – one who went to bat for women and minorities, including the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust.

Throughout the spring and summer of 1942, Allied leaders received a steady stream of reports about the Germans massacring tens of thousands of Jewish civilians.

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