Operation Texas

Operation Texas was an alleged undercover operation to relocate European Jews to Texas, USA, away from Nazi persecution first reported in a 1989 Ph.D dissertation the University of Texas at Austin titled Prologue : LBJ's foreign-affairs background, 1908-1948.[1] The following are some of the key arguments of the dissertation:

Various details of Gomolak's dissertation have been cited by other historians.[2][3][6] In 2008, Larry Ben David began an online campaign to collect documentation to submit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, Israel to have LBJ awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations, often referred to as a Righteous Gentile.[7]

More recently, many of the arguments of Gomolak's thesis have been disputed following extensive research by Claudia Wilson Anderson, an archivist at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.[8][9] Although his research materials (e.g., written interview notes, interview recordings and primary documents not located in archives) could potentially support his arguments, Gomolak has not made them available for external review.[9]


  1. Gomolak, Louis Stanislaus (1989). Prologue : LBJ's foreign-affairs background, 1908-1948. University of Texas at Austin, Department of History, Ph.D. dissertation. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  2. 1 2 Dallek, Robert (1991). Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-505435-0. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  3. 1 2 3 Smallwood, James M. "Operation Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson's Attempt to Save Jews from the German Nazi Holocaust". SFA ScholarWorks. Retrieved 2015-08-31.
  4. Banta, Joseph (January 1964). "President Lyndon B. Johnson". The Christadelphian. 101: 26.
  5. Pearce, David M. "Israel: God's People, God's Land". The Christadelphian Magazine and Publishing Association. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  6. Smallwood, James (2012). "Operation Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson, The Jewish Question and the Nazi Holocaust". East Texas Historical Journal. 50 (2): 88–106. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  7. "Lyndon B. Johnson -- A Righteous gentile". lyndonjohnsonandisrael.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  8. Anderson, Claudia Wilson (2012). "Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson, Operation Texas, and Jewish Immigration". Southern Jewish Journal. 12. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  9. 1 2 "Operation Texas: LBJ's Mysterious Mission to Save Jews". Retrieved 2016-09-13.
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