Two new bios document “Ben Hecht’s vital role in challenging America to recognize the Holocaust, and Jews’ right to a state of their own”

Ben Hecht: Hero of Israel and the Holocaust
by Harold Brackman
May 3, 2019

…Hecht joked that he “became a Jew” only in 1939. This was just around the time he met Peter Bergson, the alias of Hillel Kook, a leader of the Irgun Zvai Leumi underground militia in Palestine, which politically adhered to Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Revisionist Zionism. From 1937 to 1940, the Irgun organized unauthorized immigration to Palestine, then shifted to creating a Jewish Brigade to fight Hitler. In 1942, they changed emphasis to an all-out campaign to save European Jewry. READ MORE

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