Wednesday Feb 9, 1944
The 5th Army is holding the line near Rome. The Russians have smashed the Nazi Line at the bend in the Dnieper River. The battle at Cassino goes on. In the Pacific, war correspondent Richard W. Johnston reports in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (p.2) that American soldiers are outraged as news of the Bataan Death March and torture of prisoners the previous year emerges (p.2). He emphasizes that Japanese prisoners of war, in turn, are surprised at the good treatment Americans are giving them. As eyes increasingly turn to the Pacific, Brooklyn Councilman Edward Vogel has introduced a resolution calling the British suspension of Jewish Immigration to Paletsine “a cruel, inhuman, uncivilized act.” It’s gradually dawning on us that fighting in the Pacific will be a different kind of war.