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Moshe SharettBiography of a Political Moderate$
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Gabriel Sheffer

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.001.0001

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A State in the Making

A State in the Making

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(p.168) 6 A State in the Making
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0007

Yishuv leaders regarded the formal end of the Second World War in Europe as a significant watershed only in so far as it signalled the end of a global cataclysm and of the Holocaust. Shertok himself did not see in the formal transition from war to peace a promise for an immediate political change in the Middle East or in Palestine. Among the major sensitive issues brought to the surface by VE-Day was whether the Jewish Brigade should be redeployed in Germany, as the British army had planned, or disbanded. The future of Shertok's brainchild and massive efforts raised significant moral, political, and security issues. These were further complicated by Palestinian Jewish soldiers' misgivings about serving in Germany and their desire to return home.

Keywords:   Shertok, Holocaust, World War II, Jewish Brigade, Yishuv leaders

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