America and the Holocaust

Where were the United States government and the American Jewish community during the destruction of European Jewry?

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Ultimately, American Jewish rescue efforts were dependent on U.S. wartime policy. Since U.S. policy did not place rescue as a priority, the efforts of American Jewish organizations and leaders to push for rescue often fell on deaf ears. The issue of whether the U.S. government and American Jews could have done more to help Jewish victims of National Socialism, however, continues to be a hotly debated topic even today.

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Susan D. Glazer is a graduate student in the Department of Comparative History at Brandeis
University. She is writing a dissertation about the activities of a German-Italian insurance organization during World War II.