This Day in Jewish History 1872: France's First Jewish Prime Minister Is Born

Leon Blum, who was arrested by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime and sent to two concentration camps, served as France's leader on three separate occasions.

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April 9, 1872, is the birthdate of Leon Blum, the first Socialist – and Jewish – prime minister of France. Blum actually served in the position on three different occasions, the first time being in 1936-37.