Book claims FDR tried to save Jewish refugees during Second World War

Published on May 3rd, 2009 | by Admin


A new book, “Refugees and Rescue”, claims that Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to save thousands of Jewish refugees during the Second World War, disputing the widely held view that he was indifferent to the fate of Europe’s Jews.

The book, “Refugees and Rescue,” claims that Roosevelt developed plans in 1938 for the United States to fill its immigration quota with 27,000 Jews from Germany and Austria and to send others to British-held Palestine and friendly nations in Africa and Latin America.

“Most of the initiatives to resettle refugees in underdeveloped areas proved impossible, met substantial resistance abroad, or developed very slowly partly because of resistance by the Department of State,” the Centre for Jewish History said in a statement about the book.

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