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The reader is probably already aware of the YouTube-film which documents the usage of the term «Six Million Jews», accompanied by descriptions of how much they suffer, in newspapers from the period 1915-1938, several years before Hitler came to power or WWII started, but in the case he isn’t, the film is to be found above. The following is a transcript of the relevant quotes the film documents.

The publishing year of each article, as well as the most relevant words, is bolded, and bold-formatting is embedded for easy copy and paste to media which allow such formatting, such as the comments system of Disqus or WordPress.

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The Sun, New York, Sunday, June 6, <b>1915</b>, page 1, 5th section:

Horrors Worse Than Kishineff Charged Against Russia To-day

By Herman Bernstein, Editor of «The Day.»

Since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem the Jewish people have had no darker page in their history than that which the Russian Government is writing to-day. <b>Six million Jews</b>, one-half of the Jewish people throughout the world, are being persecuted, hounded, humiliated, tortured starved. Thousands of them have been slaughtered. Hundreds of thousands of Jews, old men, women and children, are being driven mercilessly from town to town – driven by the Government, attacked by the troops of their own country, plundered and outraged.

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The New York Times, Friday, October 18, <b>1918</b>, page 12:

$1,000,000,000 Fund To Rebuild Jewry

<b>Six Million Souls</b> Will Need Help to Resume Normal Life When War Is Ended.

<b>Six Million Jews</b> Need Help

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The New York Times, Monday, September 8, <b>1919</b>, page 6:

Ukrainian Jews Aim To Stop Pogroms

Mass Meeting Hears That 127,000 Jews Have Been Killed and <b>6,000,000 Are in Peril</b>.

«We come out now before the world with the determined slogan, ‘Those pogroms must stop,'» said the President in his annual message. «It is only a question of holding these facts continually before the civilized world; we must not permit the world to slumber. This fact that the population of <b>6,000,000 souls</b> in Ukraina and in Poland have received notice through action and by word that they are going to be completely exterminated – this fact stands before the whole world as the paramount issue of the present day.»

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The New York Times, Wednesday, November 12, <b>1919</b>, page 7:

Tells Sad Plight of Jews.

Felix M. Warburg Says They Were the Worst Sufferers in War.

Felix M. Warburg, Chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee of American Funds for Jewish War Sufferers, who returned several days ago from a trip to Europe for that organization, made public yesterday some of his findings. «The successive blows of contending armies have all but broken the back of European Jewry,» he said, «and have reduced to tragically unbelievable poverty, starvation and disease about <b>6,000,000 souls</b> or half the Jewish population of the earth.»

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The Atlanta Constitution, February 23, <b>1920</b>, page 3:

$50,000 Raised In City To Save Suffering Jews

He called upon the Atlanta Jews to arise to the occasion, and to contribute to the emergency fund in order that the lives of <b>six millions of Jewish people</b> may be saved. Mr. Rusland briefly pictured the conditions that prevail in the European countries in which the Jews are oppressed, and said that in view of the dire need of those people the members of the race who live under the blessings of the American flag are faced with a responsibility they have no right to shirk or shift.

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Dr. Marx [a rabbi] made an eloquent plea for generous responses to the call of the representatives of the Jewish relief fund. He drew a graphic picture of the starvation and suffering of the <b>6,000,000 Jews</b> who live in eastern Europe and Palestine and reviewed the persecution they have undergone, not only in the last four years, but for almost a century.

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The New York Times, Friday, May 7, <b>1920</b>, page 11:

Jewish War Aid Gets $100,000 Gift

The fund for Jewish war sufferers in Central and Eastern Europe, where <b>six millions</b> face horrifying conditions of famine, disease and death, was enriched yesterday by a contribution of $100,000 from Nathan Straus.

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The New York Times, Wednesday, July 20, <b>1921</b>, page 2:

Begs America Save <b>6,000,000</b> In Russia

Massacre Threatens All Jews as Soviet Power Wanes, Declares Kreinin, Coming Here for Aid.

Russia’s <b>6,000,000 Jews</b> are facing extermination by massacre. As the famine is spreading, the counter-revolutionary movement is gaining and the Soviet’s control is waning.

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The Gazette, Montreal, Tuesday, December 29, <b>1931</b>, page 6:

<b>Six Million Jews</b> Face Starvation

Bad Conditions in South-Eastern Europe Reported by Rabbi Wise <b>Six million Jews</b> in Eastern Europe face starvation, and even worse, during the coming winter.

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The New York Times, Sunday, May 31, <b>1936</b>, page 14:

Americans Appeal For Jewish Refuge

The petition, in expressing the opinion of enlightened Christian leadership in the United States, favoring a larger Jewish immigration into Palestine, stressed the intolerable sufferings of the millions of Jews in <b>«the European holocaust.»</b> […] Great Britain has it within her power to throw open the gates of Palestine and let in the victimized and persecuted Jews escaping from <b>the European holocaust</b>.

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The New York Times, Wednesday, February 23, <b>1938</b>, page 23:

Jewish Teachers Chided by Isaacs

«Jewish Tragedy» Pictured

A depressing picture of <b>6,000,000 Jews</b> in Central Europe deprived of protection or economic opportunities, slowly dying of starvation, all hope gone, was presented to the teachers by Jacob Tarshis, known to his radio audience as The Lamplighter.

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