• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

US Failure to Rescue European Jews

Extracts from this document...


Summary: "The American Failure to Rescue European Jews" The American failure to rescue European Jews came to light in the 1960's when documents were declassified. Critical articles were written that were critical to the Roosevelt administration and the inaction of the United States. Henry L. Feingold essay is one that attacks the administration and the agencies that he believes could have helped in saving lives. In retrospect he writes that mass rescue could have been possible if that was a "passionate commitment to save lives," and the Roosevelt administration did not have this commitment but many individuals did. Refugee-rescue advocates believed that FDR could handle the international refugee crisis since he saved the US with his New Deal policies. ...read more.


The Bermuda Conference only yielded political gestures and labeled the refugees as "political refugees" and focused on rescuing Jews that were already safe in Spain and other neutral counties. The administration and decision makers were split on how they wanted to deal with the refugees. Departments of the US opposed FDR's humanitarian plans because of the fear of spies. FDR was enthusiastic in his search for havens and sought to balance his ideas and the fears of his opponents. American Jews did not have the power politically or socially to implement rescue efforts. Changing immigration laws and easing suspicion of spies and of course the European Jews were a foreign minority. Within themselves there was opposition and would interfere with the simple idea of rescue. ...read more.


Neutral nations were able to protect it Jewish populations but there were many Jews left behind with not clear cut rescue. Public opinion did a lot to hinder the rescue efforts and the public had no idea of what was really happening to the Jews in Europe. The idea that the Nazi's were killing them by the millions was beyond comprehension and knowledge was held only in the State Department and Hitler's final solution was kept secret for fear of retribution. Even if FDR had made more of an effort it doesn't mean that other nations would have followed his lead. The Jews were not a high priority of the nations that could have helped and victory over Hitler would be their rescue. The Nazi's were so focused and driven to the final solution that efforts to save them would have been futile. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work