Operation Texas

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Operation Texas was an undercover operation to relocate European Jews to Texas, USA, away from Nazi persecution.

In 1938, Lyndon B. Johnson, then a Congressman and later the 36th President of the United States of America, worked covertly to establish a refuge in Texas for European Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.[1] Johnson helped hundreds of European Jews enter Texas through Cuba, Mexico and South America.

In part, Johnson was influenced in his attitude towards the Jews by the religious beliefs that his family, especially his grandfather (Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr.), who was a member of the Christadelphian church, shared with him.[2][3] Christadelphians believe that the Jews are God's chosen people,[4] and LBJ's grandfather once said to him, "Take care of the Jews, God’s chosen people. Consider them your friends and help them any way you can."[2] In reference to Operation Texas, Texas historian James M. Smallwood commented that LBJ "apparently took seriously his grandfather's charge."[2]

References

  1. Dallek, Robert (1991). Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-505435-0. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Smallwood, James M. "Operation Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Attempt to Save Jews from the German Nazi Holocaust". SFA ScholarWorks. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  3. Banta, Joseph (January 1964). "President Lyndon B. Johnson". The Christadelphian. 101: 26. 
  4. Pearce, David M. "Israel: God's People, God's Land". The Christadelphian Magazine and Publishing Association. Retrieved 2008-04-04.