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Major General Julius Klein

Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

Major General Julius Klein:
Hero of World War II and Assist.
Secretary of Commerce

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Major General Julius Klein was a hero in World War II when he saved many lives during an explosion in New Caledonia in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

He was born in 1901and he died in 1961. He served as a spy in Germany in World War I. After the war, Klein worked at a Hearst newspaper in Chicago. During 1934-1939, he worked as an executive in the motion picture industry.

He started the first German language radio broadcasts in the United States. He ran a number of times for office in Federal and State elections.

In 1941, Klein was instrumental in formulating an important military plan called “Combat Public Relations, “ which included such topics as psychological warfare and propaganda.

General Klein handled the public relations for Generals MacArthur and Richardson, in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

He was also involved in ameliorating the German-American and German-Israel relations after World War II.

Major General Julius Klein was elected the National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) convention in 1947. The JWV is the oldest veterans organization in the country. It was born on March 15, 1896, in New York City, New York.

As National Commander, he organized a parade on New York City’s 5th Avenue for the establishment of the State of Israel. The parade was successful and it influenced the United States to vote for the partition of Palestine.

The National Museum of Jewish Military History, in Washington, DC, has a permanent exhibit “Major General Julius Klein: His Life and Work.”

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