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Jacques Mestelman (1937 - 1942)

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Jacques Mestelman
1937 - 1942
Born
April 3, 1937
Paris, Paris County, IDF France
Death
August 28, 1942
Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau 20 Więźniów Oświęcimia, in Oswiecim, oświęcimski County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship Poland 32-603
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Jacques Mestelman was born on April 3, 1937 in Paris, IDF France. He had sibling Nathan. He died on August 28, 1942 at Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Lesser Poland Voivodeship Poland at age 5.
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Jacques Mestelman passed away on August 28, 1942 at Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Lesser Poland Voivodeship Poland at age 5. He was born on April 3, 1937 in Paris, IDF France. He had sibling Nathan.
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In 1937, in the year that Jacques Mestelman was born, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1940, Jacques was only 3 years old when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1941, by the time he was just 4 years old, on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1942, in the year of Jacques Mestelman's passing, on June 17th, Roosevelt approved the Manhattan Project, which lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. With the support of Canada and the United Kingdom, the Project came to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist born in New York, led the Los Alamos Laboratory that developed the actual bomb. The first artificial nuclear explosion took place near Alamogordo New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

In 1946, he was just 9 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

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