Did FDR Betray the Jews? Or Did He Do More Than Anyone Else to Save Them?

  • Arthur SchlesingerJr.
Part of the The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Series on Diplomatic and Economic History book series (WOOROO)


There has been a strange turn in the attitude of American Jews toward Franklin D. Roosevelt. For a long time he was a hero. No president had appointed so many Jews to public office. No president had surrounded himself with so many Jewish advisers. No president had condemned anti-Semitism with such eloquence and persistence. Jews were mostly liberals in those faraway days, and a vast majority voted four times for FDR.


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