This Day in Jewish History 1938: Nazis Beat Former Austrian Army Officer to Death at Dachau

Jakob Ehrlich, brave promoter of Jewish rights and an Austrian captain in WWI, was arrested within a week of the Nazis’ arrival.

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On May 17, 1938, Jakob Ehrlich died at Dachau after being beaten by his Nazi warders. An early convert to Zionism in Austria and a brave spokesman for Jewish rights in an increasingly hostile environment,...