The Abandonment of the Jews



The Abandonment of the Jews Why Auschwitz Was Never Bombed, A Chapter From This Book, Appeared In The May 1978 Issue Of Commentary And Aroused A Major Controversy In The Press Here And In Europe That Chapter Was Typical Not Only Of The Stunning Revelations That David Wyman Makes But Also Of His Meticulous Research Encompassing Years Of Exploration In Some Sixty Archives, Many Never Before Plumbed As A Result, The Abandonment Of The Jews Asks Many Basic Questions Some Of Them For The First Time About This Shameful Episode In America S History.Wyman S Account Is Devastating, Not Least Because It Documents The Precise Degree To Which All Segments Of The American Population Including The Churches And The Jewish Community Themselves Failed To Accomplish The Very Least That Could Have Been Expected It Exposes The Failure Of The State Department To Fill The Existing Quotas Left 90 Percent Unfilled And The Continuous Pattern Of Lies And Deceptions By Means Of Which The Government Turned Back Any Proposals That Were Made, Such As Transporting European Jews To Turkey Or North Africa, To Say Nothing Of The Controversial Question Of Allowing Immigrants Into The United States.The Narrative Moves Through Three Stages It Opens With The Developments That Led To The Realization By The Allies That A Systematic Annihilation Of The Jews Was Under Way Foreshadowed By Rumors Through Most Of 1942, This News Was Publicly Established In November Of That Year The Second Stage Deals With The Ensuing Struggle By Jews And Non Jews Against Myriad Odds, Including An Obstructive State Department, An Indifferent President And Public, And Inadequate Press Coverage, That Culminated In January 1944 With President Roosevelt S Creation Of The War Refugee Board The Final Stage Examines The WRB S Actions Through The End Of The War, Actions Tat Were Substantial But Severely Handicapped By Their Tardiness And By Lack Of Commitment From Administration Officials.It Is Difficult For A Generation That Has Seen Hundreds Of Thousands Indeed, Millions Of Vietnamese, Hispanic, And Other Refugees Absorbed Into Our Society With Relative Ease To Understand The Full Extent Of The Anti Semitism That Kept The Government From Trying To Help, And Kept The Jews Themselves From Acting Effectively Wyman S Analysis , Careful And Utterly Convincing, Is A Thorough Account, As Well As A Searing Indictment, Of That Tragic State Of Affairs.

10 thoughts on “The Abandonment of the Jews

  1. says:

    The ongoing debate among descendants of immigrants on how best to keep new immigrants and illegal aliens out of the country is nothing new Anti immigration laws and sentiment were all the rage during the late thirties and especially during WWII Guided by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Coalition of Patriotic Societies, Senators and Congressmen watched diligently for any hint that those funny little furriners might sneak in....

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    I wrote a paper in middle school on American knowledge of the Holocaust and how we did not use all our resources to try to stop the killings in the death camps This book was my key source as it brings together an incredible amount of information on what Roosevelt and others in power knew, and incriminating statements they made that showed they consciously chose not to bomb railroads or do anything else to slow down the Nazi death machinery.As a side note, in retrospect I read way too much on th I wrote a paper in middle school on American knowledge of the Holocaust and how we did not...

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    America refused to implement large scale rescue efforts for Europe s Jews and refused to bomb holocaust infrastructure We were, however, willing to transport, feed, clothe, and shelter nearly 425,000 German POWs inside the United States.Hitler pursued his Final Solution even while he was losing the war I could at least understand German anti Semitism given my belief that Zionists helped bring America into WWI, but I cannot but condemn America s unwillingness to help Europe s Jews in WWII Th America refused to implement large scale rescue efforts for Europe s Jews and refused to bomb holocaust infrastructure We were, however, willing to transport, feed, clothe, and shelter nearly 425,000 German POWs inside the United States.Hitler pursued his Final Solution even while he was losing the war I could at least understand German anti Semitism given my belief that Zionists helped bring America into WWI, but I cannot but condemn Americ...

  4. says:

    This book suggests that the US stymied efforts to rescue the Jews in WWII Resistance emanated from a number of key officials in the State Dept Jewish organizations were unwilling to go against the State Dept and FDR Mobilization of public support was key to stimulating action by the US government, and public support...

  5. says:

    Excellent book that covers the U S response to the Halocaust The actions of the government were spotty if not almost non existent FDR was cautious in his actions due to isolationist sentiment, antisemitic feeling of many and the feeling that the only rescue possible was to win the war The author criticizes him for his failure to lead on this issue, it FDR was reluctant to jeopardize his programs, both domestic and foreign, in Congress The State Department did all they could to delay and frus Excellent book that covers the U S response to the Halocaust The actions of the government were spotty if not almost non existent FDR was cautious in his actions due to isolationist sentiment, antisemitic feeling of many and the feeling that the only rescue possible was to win the war The author criticizes him for his failure to lead on this issue, it FDR was reluctant to jeopardize his programs, both domestic and foreign, in Congress The State Department did all they could to delay and frustrate immigration of Jews During the late thirties and during the war immigration quotas from Eastern Europe were never maximized Part of the problem also was the failure of leading Jewish to be able to unite together to pressure the government to act Publicity by newspapers,radio,and movies was also almost nonexistent Most of the reasons given for no...

  6. says:

    A dense historical monograph, not for the fainthearted Not for anyone with poor eyesight, either 350 pages of tiny print The meticulous detail brings to mind the famous remark about the banality of evil This book e...

  7. says:

    Very interesting, but it got kind of repetitive in the information Really opened my eyes at the lack of response by most Western countries to news of the Holocaust, which we didn t learn about in school.

  8. says:

    While this book can get a bit bogged down in minutia, it is informative I read it in a college class and was amazed how our state department handled the Holocaust The title says it all.

  9. says:

    Well documented and researched, this book looks at how the western world turned its back on the Jews during the holocaust.

  10. says:

    excellent accounting of what america was not doing during WWIIdavid the author is a neighbor and friend of mine an excellent piece of work

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