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The State Department And The Holocaust
Gregory J. Wallance (op-ed, April 20) claims that none of the many books and articles written about America’s response to the Holocaust thoroughly examined the role of the State Department. His “evidence” is that David S. Wyman, in the concluding chapter of The Abandonment of the Jews, “devotes less than a page to the State Department.”

But that’s precisely because it was the concluding chapter – a brief, final summary of the preceding 444 pages. The Abandonment of the Jews examines the role of the State Department quite thoroughly. How could the book that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive study of America’s response to the Holocaust not have done so? In fact, if one checks the index to The Abandonment of the Jews, one finds the State Department is mentioned more times in the book (119) than any other single subject – even more than President Franklin Roosevelt (104).

Other books in the field, such as Henry Feingold’s The Politics of Rescue, Monty Penkower’s The Jews Were Expendable, and Saul Friedman’s No Haven for the Oppressed, also discussed the State Department’s role at length.

I look forward to reading Mr. Wallance’s own book concerning the State Department. There is always room for another book dealing with such an important chapter in history as America and the Holocaust. But to claim that his is the first book to cover this topic is simply not true.
Dr. Rafael Medoff, Director
The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
Washington, D.C.

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  1. mr.and says:

    In response to Miriam Adelman: You have the classic “Like Me” minority syndrome which has plagued the Jewish people for Centuries! “Please like me and I will stand on my head and eat ham on Yom Kippur for you!!” “Please oh please like me and I will vote for Obama for you even though he hates Israel!!” Throughout Jewish history the Jews in host countries tried desperately to suck up and be liked and accepted by their hosts to no avail (Spain, Portugal and Germany to name a few). The first Jews to be gassed by Hitler were Jews like you and the Reformers who were trying desperately to be more German and less Jewish (sound familiar?) Many Jews are so insecure that they blind themselves to the truth: Their so-called social justice agenda is a disguise for the real agenda of please like me and accept me and I will protest for you, fight for you, and do whatever it takes!! No matter what you do they are not going to like you!!It is time we Jews get self-esteem. Read Leo Pinsker’s Autoemancipation and then maybe you will understand the irrational hatred of Jews over centuries. We Jews need a Jewish Al Sharpton and a brain washing course of self-esteem. Any Jew who votes for Obama (like the Jews of Germany who sucked up to Hitler) is being laughed at and ridiculed by the non-Jewish people behind his or her back. It is so obvious to the outsiders that Jewish people like you (so desperate to be liked) can be conned with lies and half-truths because you want to believe it (social justice really “please like me”). We Jews need to say, “No more!!” Let some other self-hating suckers use the social justice understanding torch!! Let another group of suckers campaign for Obama. Wake up woman and get some self-esteem, quickly!!

    Matthew

  2. mr.and says:

    In response to Miriam Adelman: You have the classic “Like Me” minority syndrome which has plagued the Jewish people for Centuries! “Please like me and I will stand on my head and eat ham on Yom Kippur for you!!” “Please oh please like me and I will vote for Obama for you even though he hates Israel!!” Throughout Jewish history the Jews in host countries tried desperately to suck up and be liked and accepted by their hosts to no avail (Spain, Portugal and Germany to name a few). The first Jews to be gassed by Hitler were Jews like you and the Reformers who were trying desperately to be more German and less Jewish (sound familiar?) Many Jews are so insecure that they blind themselves to the truth: Their so-called social justice agenda is a disguise for the real agenda of please like me and accept me and I will protest for you, fight for you, and do whatever it takes!! No matter what you do they are not going to like you!!It is time we Jews get self-esteem. Read Leo Pinsker’s Autoemancipation and then maybe you will understand the irrational hatred of Jews over centuries. We Jews need a Jewish Al Sharpton and a brain washing course of self-esteem. Any Jew who votes for Obama (like the Jews of Germany who sucked up to Hitler) is being laughed at and ridiculed by the non-Jewish people behind his or her back. It is so obvious to the outsiders that Jewish people like you (so desperate to be liked) can be conned with lies and half-truths because you want to believe it (social justice really “please like me”). We Jews need to say, “No more!!” Let some other self-hating suckers use the social justice understanding torch!! Let another group of suckers campaign for Obama. Wake up woman and get some self-esteem, quickly!!

    Matthew
    Columbia, MD

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