“In a 2013 interview, former Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed learning Yiddish as a young man while working in a Jewish-owned store”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Colin Powell dead at 84: An Israel admirer, he pushed for compromises for peace
by JTA and Staff
October 18, 2021

Colin Powell will be remembered in history as the first Black US national security advisor, the first Black military chief of staff and the first Black secretary of state. He was also the first military chief to speak Yiddish as a second language, and he loved surprising Jews with his skill. Powell, the former US secretary of state who brokered the “road map” to a two-state peace deal that still informs much of US policy in the region, died Monday aged 84. He died of COVID-19, his family said on Facebook. He was fully vaccinated and, according to news reports, had been undergoing treatments for blood cancer. READ MORE

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