Gregory Wallance America's Soul in the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR's State Department, and the Moral Disgrace of an American Aristocracy
Gregory Wallance America's Soul in the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR's State Department, and the Moral Disgrace of an American Aristocracy-Nov 19th 7:30pm at the Mandel JCC
At the height of World War II, four lawyers in the U.S. Treasury Department discovered that the highly-educated, patrician diplomats in the State Department had covered up reports of the Nazi extermination schemeand then blocked the rescue of 70,000 Romanian Jews forcibly marched into Transnistria in the Nazi-conquered Ukraine and left to die. The Treasury lawyers charged the diplomats as "accomplices of Hitler." The outrage of the Treasury lawyerstough-minded New Dealers from Christian, middle-class backgroundsat the State Department's complicity in genocide precipitated a titanic intergovernmental battle. The stakes were nothing less than the fates of countless European Jews, the historical reputation of FDR, and the soul of America itself.
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