LBJ, Jews and Israel
Meryl tipped me off to this post. Here is an excerpt:
“The Texas congressmanâ€™s district had only 400 Jews, but clearly the Johnson familyâ€™s Christian teachings had given him a strong affinity for Jews and their return to the Holy Land.
Five days after taking office in 1937, LBJ broke with the â€œDixiecratsâ€ and supported an immigration bill that would naturalize illegal aliens, mostly Jews from Lithuania and Poland. In 1938, Johnson was told of a young Austrian Jewish musician who was about to be deported from the United States. With an element of subterfuge, LBJ sent him to the U.S. Consulate in Havana to obtain a residency permit. Erich Leinsdorf, the world famous musician and conductor, credited LBJ for saving his live.
Johnson Saved Hundreds of Jews
That same year, LBJ warned a Jewish friend that European Jews faced annihilation. Somehow, Johnson provided him with a pile of signed immigration papers that were used to get 42 Jews out of Warsaw. But that wasnâ€™t enough. According to historian, James M. Smallwood, Congressman Johnson used legal and sometimes illegal methods to smuggle â€œhundreds of Jews into Texas, using Galveston as the entry port. Enough money could buy false passports and fake visas in Cuba, Mexico, and other Latin American countries. â€¦ Johnson smuggled boatloads and planeloads of Jews into Texas. He hid them in the Texas National Youth Administrationâ€¦. Johnson saved at least four or five hundred Jews, possibly more..â€”
The Elder has more.