This Day in Jewish History 1886: 'Mad Jack,' a Warrior Hero Who Wrote Poetry, Is Born

A brave man who singlehandedly stormed an enemy trench, Siegfried Sassoon wrote about the evil of war, for which pains he was treated as shell-shocked.

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September 8, 1886, is the birthdate of Siegfried Sassoon, descendant of the legendary, eponymous Jewish merchant family, who became one of the most notable English warrior-poets to emerge from the Great War.