FDR and the Jews by Richard BreitmanWhether they were eligible to vote or not, they overwhelmingly supported FDR, grateful for having been welcomed into the country. Nearby, a goodly number of them lived on the Upper West Side, all well-served by German-Jewish cultural and social societies and Aufbau , a literate, once-thriving German language Jewish newspaper. Since then, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, elected four times with overwhelming American Jewish support, and revered by millions of other Americans for his New Deal reforms and efforts to win the war, has for decades been ironically subjected to revisionist, often bitter criticism for allegedly having forsaken European Jews in their time of greatest need. Soon after, his well-received book The Abandonment of the Jews set the tone for other books and articles. As a result, many readers and commentators, some far less temperate, soon began claiming that FDR was an anti-Semite wrong and that he and a cadre of State Department officials were motivated by intense dislike of Jews right. None of these charges of apathy and indifference and worse should have been surprising given the enormity of what later came to be called the Holocaust. What was most difficult to believe, at least at the beginning of their carefully planned, systematic mass butchery was that it was conceived and carried out by a nation once known and respected for its historic cultural and intellectual achievements.
FDR and the Jews — Richard Breitman
Murray Polner: Review of Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman's "FDR and the Jews" (Belknap, 2013)
Indeed, it was the ability of the Roosevelts to set aside these prejudices that seemed to distinguish them from tbe many others of their class. They also refute a number of myths, including one medium-sized and one big one. The request got as high as John J. Now, the first part is largely true.Consumed by events on both the European and Pacific cdr, that was the end of that. You decide. Was FDR a man without flaws, he appeared to wish the question away. As any Jews set free would have to cross German-occupied territory, Ive met no such person in my long life.
This was an excellent and thoroughly researched book that treats the subject fairly and objectively. Several Jewish groups and leaders had requested the bombing of the gas chambers or the hews lines leading to the death camp. Last year, I presented all the documents in interviews published in The Washington Post. Nearby, a lite.
Book Review | FDR and the Jews
Early writing cast him as a hero? He protested the treatment of Jews in Germany but there was little else he could do? Breitman is correct. Published March 19th by Belknap Press first published March 19th They argue that in order to prevent Jews from arriving at Auschwitz, the Allies would have had to divert precious aviation resources for a sustained and labor-intensive bombing ca.
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