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Neglect, the failure to use the powers of government to rescue European Jews, merits the strongest censure. But the wartime State Department diplomats, who used their official powers to prevent rescue, deserve historical condemnation of a far harsher magnitude – and so far they have escaped it.

Gregory J. Wallance is a lawyer and writer in New York City. His book, “America’s Soul in the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR’s State Department, and the Moral Disgrace of An American Aristocracy,” from which this article is adapted, will be released this month.

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Gregory J. Wallance is a lawyer and writer in New York City and the author of “America's Soul In The Balance: The Holocaust, FDR's State Department And The Moral Disgrace Of An American Aristocracy.” He is currently working on a book about three women spies in World War I, one of whom is Sarah Aaronsohn.
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