about a historical background: Jewish-the British


I think there is some historical background in the paragraph below.

Even after World War II ended, my friends and I continued playing the war games
we invented in the early 1940's, only now the enemy was the British.

from I Won't Learn from you by Herbert Kohl, p.48

Kohl, the narrator in the quote above, was a little boy in Jewish neighborhood in Bronx, NY.
I don't know why the Jewish boys regarded the British as the enemy then.
It seems that there is some historical background, but I can't find it.

Many thanks in advance.
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    He is referring to the uprising of rebellious British colonists in North America, which ended in 1776 with the unilateral declaration that the thirteen colonies that had been at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain would regard themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states no longer under British rule.

    See #4
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    Senior Member
    English - US
    In addition to the American Revolution, we fought the British in the War of 1812. It's not obvious to me why they would switch from WWI/II with airplanes, tanks and howitzers to a much earlier period with muskets and cannons.


    Senior Member
    I think it much more likely that little Jewish boys in the Bronx playing war would conceive of the British as their enemy after World War II because of the anti-British insurgency taking place at that time in what would soon become the state of Israel..
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