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Today in World War II History—December 24, 1940 & 1945

President Harry S. Truman lights the National Community Christmas Tree, Washington, DC, 12/24/1945 (US National Archives: 199275)

President Harry S. Truman lights the National Community Christmas Tree, Washington, DC, 12/24/1945 (US National Archives: 199275)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 24, 1940: US refuses to admit Jewish refugees, believing it will lead to expulsion of all Jews from Europe.

Bonus Christmas ration is distributed in Germany—26 ounces of rice & vegetables, 1 pound of sugar, coffee, and jam.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 24, 1945: President Truman lights the National Community Christmas Tree in Washington, DC, lit for the first time since 1941.

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