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How did the United States react to the Holocaust?

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´╗┐How did either the United States or Canada react to the holocaust? The United States response to the Holocaust was neither immediate nor direct. Even though the United States had knowledge of what was occurring, they did not immediately do anything to stop the mounting slaughter. The United States refusal to acknowledge to Holocaust when they had the chance prevented lives from being saved. Anti-Semitism was growing in the U.S, not to the point of Nazi hatred but still enough to cause problems. The United States immigration restrictions, response to Germany and the Jewish community all played large factors in the way the U.S responded to the Holocaust. The United States maintained strict Immigration regulations. In 1921 to 1924 the visas permitted to Germans was 25,957. After the SS St. Louis was turned away from Cuba in 1939 because it contained 937 Jewish refugees, they looked to America hoping to be granted admittance. However Roosevelt could not allow them to go ahead of the hundreds of people already on the waiting list. ...read more.


When Gerhart Reigner, from the World Jewish Congress in Generva, Switzerland, got word from a German informant about the ?Final Solution?, which was the annihilation of Jews, he informed the Secretary of Defense about German plans. This informant was supposed to be passed on to Rabbi Steven S. Wise in America. However the SoD never passed on this information delaying the response time to the Holocaust. Louis D. Brandeis was an American Jewish South Carolina Justice that went to Roosevelt to plead the U.S refugee?s case. This resulted in Roosevelt changing the immigration restrictions in 1939 to allow more German-Austrian immigrants, however, this did not aid refugees. The Evian Conference in 1939 was led by Franklin D. Roosevelt to discuss the crisis of the Holocaust. No solution came through though; the U.S did not want the Jewish refugees in their country as much as others did. Once again attempts to help the Jews suffering were thwarted either by deliberate tampering or the lack of desire to sacrifice for these people. ...read more.


This board was established as a rescue agency that was to devote its attention to the Holocaust. Even though the board saved about 200,000 Jews, it could have saved more. The board refused to bomb Auschwitz even though Britain was behind them, so this failure to act could have again saved many lives. Many say if the Board had been established in 1942, Gerhart Reigner?s warning may have reached Rabbi Wise and actually helped stop the desecration of Jews. The United States failed to act in the event of the Holocaust. However, it is arguable to say the U.S did not have to interfere. They had no alliance that forced them to help during the Holocaust. However it was the lack of determination of those who did know and did nothing that could have made a difference. Information on what was happening to the Jewish community reached the United States in time to make a difference. The debate of the responsibility of the United States still rages today. Regardless of responsibility, the U.S did not respond ?admirably? to the Holocaust. ...read more.

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