"Fdr And The Jews," With Richard Breitman

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"Fdr And The Jews," With Richard Breitman
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HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON says
Nearly 75 years after World War II, a contentious debate lingers over whether Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Adolf Hitler's Europe. In this public lecture, Richard Breitman will discuss many new primary sources offering an intriguing portrait of a consummate politician - compassionate but also pragmatic - struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions. For most of his presidency, Roosevelt indeed did little to aid the imperiled Jews of Europe. He put domestic policy priorities ahead of helping Jews and deferred to others' fears of an antisemitic backlash. Yet, he also acted decisively at times to rescue Jews, often withstanding contrary pressures from his advisers and the American public. Even Jewish citizens who petitioned the president could not agree on how best to aid their co-religionists abroad. Though his actions may seem inadequate in retrospect, Breitman will bring to light a concerned leader whose efforts on behalf of Jews were far greater than those of any other world figure. Breitman is a distinguished professor emeritus at American University and the co-author with Allan J. Lichtman of "FDR and the Jews." Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.
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