Events occurring on Tuesday, January 21, 1941  
  Operation Compass - The British Offensive in North Africa  
  The Australian 9th Division, with support of the Desert Air Force, began the assault to capture Tobruk from the Italian Tenth Army. Italian General Petassi Manella surrendered within 12 hours but refused to order the surrender of the town.  
   
  The Holocaust  
  Anti-Jewish legislation was passed by the Bulgarian parliament and signed by King Boris. These measures were modeled on the German Nuremberg Race Laws. The Bulgarian law stated that “the Jews are an evil and a foreign element among the Bulgarian People that acts against the State.” The new law banned internationalist and supra-nationalist groups and organizations such as the various Zionist organizations in Bulgaria and the B’nai B’rith (Hebrew, Sons of the Covenant) organization. Under the new law, Jews were banned from intermarrying with Bulgarians, Jewish economic activities were restricted, Jews were confined to their current residences, Jews could not be elected to public office and could not vote for such offices, and Jewish civil servants were forced to resign. The law also defined what was considered “anti-national” conduct by Jews and other foreign nationals in Bulgaria.  
     
   
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