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Today in 1972 – Democratic Hopeful George McGovern Sends New Year’s Wish to US Jews

By: JTA

Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic Presidential candidate, greeted American Jews today on the occasion of the High Holy Days. “Mrs. McGovern joins me in wishing our Jewish friends and Jews around the world a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year,” the South Dakotan said.

“Traditionally,” McGovern’s message continued. “the High Holy Days has been a period for reflection and rededication. Jews have chosen the Days of Awe as a time for the individual to look at himself to examine how he can better fulfill his responsibilities to his Maker and his fellow man.

“Rosh Hashana symbolizes a reaffirmation of the values that have shaped the Jewish role within the world community. It marks a renewed commitment to the task of improving the world unto the Almighty. I join the Jewish community in the prayer that the New Year 5733 will bring a time of peace, Justice and brotherhood for all men.” McGovern’s message concluded.

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3 Responses to “Today in 1972 – Democratic Hopeful George McGovern Sends New Year’s Wish to US Jews”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    McGovern was a bomber pilot in WW2, and was awarded medals four times. He flew bombing missions very close to Auschwitz and never understood why that site was never targeted. McGovern is still alive today, at age 90.

  2. He also tried running a bed/breakfast after his Senate years and after he had made a fortune buying and selling houses in metro DC. He said that if he would have known how intrusive government was into his small b&b, he would not have advocated many of the policies he did.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    His policies were unusually far to the left even by 1960s standards. But he was right on the uselessness of the Vietnam war and the challenge of malnutrition. And unlike the man he lost to in a landslide, he was decent and honorable.

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