Review of David Wyman’s The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941–1945
How strange it must seem for those who recall the eerie silence at the time of the slaughter of European Jewry to observe the current noisy media events and the proliferation of research on that catastrophe. If only there was such public concern at the time. In the case of the failing role of the American government alone we now have innumerable books and articles, several documentary films, and there is more research in the pipeline. The latest of these is David Wyman’s prize-winning The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941–1945. It is such a tour de force that it cannot fail to have an impact on the uninformed reader. For the historian, however, it raises more questions than it answers.
KeywordsAmerican Government Advocacy Role Jewish Leader Historical Drama Christian Love
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