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bI found it difficult to decide to whom to dedicate this book. bThere are so many heroes in the JDL story, all the young— band not-so-young—who put in the days and nights, who bgave of their time and money, who climbed the barricades band fought the battles and took the risks and made the bsacrifices and sat in jail. To single out one or ten or fifty of bthem is to run the grave risk of leaving out even one—which bwould be inexcusable.

bAnd so the thought occurred to me that this book should bbe dedicated to an anti-hero, one who symbolizes the reasons bthat JDL was forced to come into being. For had this person band all that he represents not existed, there would have bbeen no need for a JDL.

bIt was an excellent thought, I decided, and set about bchoosing just the proper anti-hero. It, too, was not easy bbecause again there were so many and I did not really want bto leave even one out. I considered the organizations: the bAmerican Jewish Congress; B’nai B’rith and its Anti- bDefamation League; the American Jewish Committee; the bReform rabbis of the Central Conference of American Rab- bbis and their laiety in the Union of American Hebrew Con- bgregations; all the others who presided over the death of bJewish identity and destroyed generations of young Jews bwho, beholding the horror of the American “Jewishness” bthat they had brought into the world, fled from it in disgust band confusion.

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