The Roosevelt Administration and the Holocaust:
Did the United States Do All That Was Possible To Save Jews From Hitler's Genocidal Policies?
EVENT DESCRIPTION: One of the most politically-charged questions in American history has been what the Administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, or did not do, in response to the Holocaust. Major historians have debated whether FDR and his administration did enough to aid the imperiled Jews of Europe. Some claim that defeating Nazi Germany was the most significant goal of the administration and that the hard-fought victory ultimately saved the world from this totalitarian horror. Defenders of Roosevelt point to specific actions by his Administration, especially by the War Refugee Board, that may have saved thousands of Jews. Defenders also credit FDR’s policies with preventing a German conquest of Egypt that could have led to the destruction of Jewish communities in Palestine and may well have doomed any future Jewish state in the Middle East. On the other hand, critics cite America’s refusal to bomb Auschwitz or other camps, as well as immigration policies that made it difficult for Jewish refugees to come to the United States. They point to the fate of the 937 German Jewish refugees on the ocean liner St. Louis who were turned away from Cuba and then Miami in May 1939 as a prime example of FDR’s callousness. In this talk, Dr. Nurnberger will review many of the specific examples of actions taken—and not taken—by the Roosevelt Administration as well as the rationale behind these decisions.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1975. He received the "Excellence in Teaching" award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. His most recent course at Georgetown was a graduate seminar on the Arab-Israel conflict. He has lectured twice for Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) Lifelong Learning Program.
Dr. Nurnberger has served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was the first Director of “Builders for Peace” which was established to assist the Middle East Peace Process through economic development. He has also advised numerous congressional, senatorial and presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East. He received his BA from Queens College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was captain of the Varsity Tennis Team. He holds an MA from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.
||4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
||Monday, December 16, 2013
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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