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1943 March 9, "WE WILL NEVER DIE" PAGEANT (New York City, USA)

Took place in Madison Square Garden. With 40,000 people attending it broke all attendance records. The pageant, organized by Billy Rose, was written by Ben Hecht, directed by Moss Hart, with music by Kurt Weill and a cast which included Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson. Bergson and his Committee for a Jewish Army had asked the World Jewish Congress to join the rally, offering to take away their own official sponsorship. The Jewish Congress was unwilling grant them any legitimacy and unable overcome its animosity toward the group rejected both offers. Other performances took place in other major cities with Eleanor Roosevelt 300 senators and congressmen and six Supreme Court Justices watching in Washington. Despite rave reviews, the World Jewish Congress did its best to block further performances in other cities.




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