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7 The Birth of Israel


"What we did in terms of presenting a new hope to the survivors was a tremendous thing. It changed, in a way, Jewish History."


"We are very proud of what we did in Europe. But my main feeling is that we did too little, too late. But who could cope with such a magnitude of the Holocaust? We did our best, that's all."

In the summer of 1946 the Jewish Brigade was disbanded and its men sent back to Palestine.

Two years later, joined by many of the refugees they had helped in Europe and promised a homeland of their own, they fought their new nation's War of Independence.

These soldiers' experience in fighting a large-scale, "real war" helped immeasurably in the organization and management of the fledgling Israel Defense Forces -- just as David Ben-Gurion had hoped and anticipated years earlier.

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