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- DescriptionNearly seventy-five years after World War II, a contentious debate lingers over whether Franklin Dela Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Hitler's Europe. Defenders claim that FDR saved millions of potential victims by defeating Nazi Germany. Others revile him as morally indifferent and indict him for keeping America's gates closed to Jewish refugees and failing to bomb Auschwitz's gas chambers. In an extensive examination of this impassioned debate, Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman find that the president was neither savior r bystander. In FDR and the Jews, they draw upon many new primary sources to offer an intriguing portrait of a consummate politician-compassionate but also pragmatic-struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions. For most of his presidency Roosevelt indeed did little to aid the imperiled Jews of Europe. He put domestic policy priorities ahead of helping Jews and deferred to others' fears of an anti-Semitic backlash. Yet he also acted decisively at times to rescue Jews, often withstanding contrary pressures from his advisers and the American public. Even Jewish citizens who petitioned the president could t agree on how best to aid their coreligionists abroad. Though his actions may seem inadequate in retrospect, the authors bring to light a concerned leader whose efforts on behalf of Jews were far greater than those of any other world figure. His moral position was tempered by the political realities of depression and war, a conflict all too familiar to American politicians in the twenty-first century.
- Author BiographyRichard Breitman is a professor in the department of history at American University. He is the author or coauthor of several books on German history, U.S. history, and the Holocaust, including Hitler's Shadow and Official Secrets. Allan Lichtman is a professor in the department of history at American University. He is the author of several books, including White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos, narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel, and films.
- Author(s)Allan J. Lichtman,Richard Breitman
- PublisherTantor Media, Inc
- Date of Publication01/07/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationOld Saybrook, CT
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTantor Media, Inc
- Weight74 g
- Width135 mm
- Height190 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Narrator(s)Todd McLaren
- Format DetailsMP3 format
- Running Time938
- Edition StatementUnabridged
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