web analytics
August 30, 2015 / 15 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Roosevelt: Greatest American Friend Of The Jewish People


Dr. Rafael Medoff’s articles contain half-truths, distortions and reflect out-and-out hatred for FDR (“Could Europe’s Jews Have Been Rescued?” front page essay, Sept. 9; “While Six Million Lived,” front page essay, Sept. 16).

He ignores many efforts FDR made on behalf of the Jewish community. He also has conveniently ignored the high level of anti-Semitism in America at the time.

He forgets that Rabbi Stephen Wise publicly supported FDR on many issues regarding the problem of quotas, immigration and American xenophobia. He forgets that FDR’s lawyer was Samuel I. Rosenman, that Benjamin V. Cohen, the counsel for the American Zionist Movement was hired by FDR, and that Henry Morgenthau was a personal friend.

In fact, Roosevelt hired more Jews (15 percent of his administration) to top governmental positions than all the presidents from Washington to Clinton.

Medoff forgets the verdict of the Goldberg Commission’s conclusions regarding the American Jewish response to the rising threat of Nazism to the Jews. I happen to have read Richard Breitman’s book on FDR and the problem of Jewish refugees, which Medoff mentions. I had Breitman on my program, “The Advocates,” on September 15, 2010. (The broadcast can be heard at www.advocates-wvox.com.)

Medoff shapes the facts to bolster his argument.

When FDR made his “Quarantine Speech,” he was excoriated in over 400 editorials around the country. Many of these papers called for his impeachment. The immigration issue was radioactive and was opposed by 100 percent of the Southern Dixiecrats, many of whom controlled the committees of Congress.

Even the Sabath-Celler refugee bill to bring in basically 20,000 Jewish children was completely opposed by Congress and had to be withdrawn. FDR was trying to find an excuse to go to war against Germany, and he fought an undeclared naval war in the Atlantic to help the British.

Almost 95 percent of the Jews killed were beyond the Oder-Niese border of Poland and Germany. Lucy Dawidowicz, in her definitive book on the Holocaust, The War Against the Jews, barely mentions FDR or the United States. FDR understood the limits of his power – and, by the way, he made many public statements about the Nazis as early as 1933.

Medoff is quite selective in his accusations. He has exploited the issue of the 400 protesting rabbis, the non-bombing of Auschwitz, and almost every other issue in his quest to defame FDR.

Despite all that, long after Medoff is dust, FDR will still be known and understood to have been the greatest American friend of the Jewish people.

Richard J. Garfunkel is host of “The Advocates” on WVOX, 1460 AM.

About the Author: Richard J. Garfunkel is host of "The Advocates" on WVOX, 1460 AM


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Roosevelt: Greatest American Friend Of The Jewish People”

  1. Roosevelt: Greatest Amigo Americano do povo judeu
    Notícias dos judeus, Israel eo mundo
    Artigos Dr. Rafael Medoff contêm meias-verdades, distorções e refletir fora-e-ódio para fora FDR (“Poderiam os judeus da Europa foram resgatados?” Ensaio de capa, 09 de setembro; “Enquanto Seis Milhões viveu”, ensaio de capa, 16 de setembro).

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Rabbi Norman Lamm of Yeshiva University
Emes Ve-Emunah: Living Up to the Ideals of Modern Orthodoxy
Latest Indepth Stories
Rabbi Akiva and Layala Males with Israeli soldiers.

Yashar Lachayal’s mission is to learn what IDF soldiers’ need and get it to them when they need it.

Ben Cohen

Corbyn leading the Britain’s Labour Party polls, describes Hamas & Hizbullah as England’s “friends.”

PA Chairman Abbas proudly celebrating with released terrorists.

The convicted murderer was released from Israeli prison with more than two dozen other sociopaths

New Israel Fund

JCF is a donor/supporter of The New Israel Fund which supports BDS & wants IDF soldiers prosecuted

The ‘Peace Industry’ promotes its adherents; weak leaders, both military & political, is the result

The conundrum for US Labor Zionists: Lobbying for Iran deal while Israel’s Left lobby’s against it.

What does the Torah want from our small nation described as “they who struggle with God & with men”?

Mr. Nadler’s support for the deal is a naked political gift to a president who has defied logic in his quest to reinvent international affairs according to his ideological inclinations.

In practical terms, the proclamation surely makes a compelling argument:

BDS activists are not shy about discriminating against Israelis simply because they are Israelis –

A Federal Ct Judge ordered the PA to post JUST $10 million due to interfering letter from State Dept

Osakwe, like many other students at the CAMERA conference, described an extremely hostile campus environment when it comes to the issue of Israel.

Many people view a letter or manuscript by a chassidic rebbe or the Chofetz Chaim as intrinsically holy.

Key Iran Lobby figures had been major donors to both Biden and Kerry when they were in the Senate,

More Articles from Richard J. Garfunkel

Dr. Rafael Medoff’s articles contain half-truths, distortions and reflect out-and-out hatred for FDR (“Could Europe’s Jews Have Been Rescued?” front page essay, Sept. 9; “While Six Million Lived,” front page essay, Sept. 16).

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/roosevelt-greatest-american-friend-of-the-jewish-people/2011/09/21/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: