Today’s History & Yahrtzeits – 11 Shevat

-Rav Dovid Nosan Deutsch, son of R’ Yosef Yoel Deutsch, and the second Rav of Kretchenif (1879). He authored Nefesh Dovid on Chumash.
Today in History – 11 Shvat
· The town of Colmar in northern France expels its Jews, 1510.
· British troops occupied Baghdad and brought relief to the local Jews, 1917. Their freedom lasted until 1929 when the British granted independence to Iraq and the new rulers passed a series of decrees against them.
· Birth of Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan Hakohen of Radin, the Chafetz Chaim (1838-1933).
· On this night, a Yugoslavian DC-9 jet flying 33,330 feet high over Czechoslovakia suddenly exploded and plunged to the ground, 1972. All 28 passengers perished except one flight attendant (Vesna Vulovic), perished. Responsibility for this horrific crime was claimed by the Ustashe organization, the same group responsible for some of the worst atrocities of World War II. A few of its demented members still dream of an independent, ethnically pure Croatia free of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies.
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