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How Did FDR’s Leadership Shape American Responses to the Nazi Threat?
President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers a radio address at the White House on September 11, 1941. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
In a new biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt, distinguished historian Robert Dallek examines complex questions about the US president, who came to power the same year as Adolf Hitler in Germany, prepared America to fight a second world war, and died as US troops saw the first physical evidence of the Holocaust. How did Roosevelt deal with an isolationist nation? What shaped his response to the persecution of Jews? During a special midday program, Dallek and Museum Historian Rebecca Erbelding will offer new perspectives on these complicated times.
Speakers Dr. Robert Dallek, Historian and Author of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life Dr. Rebecca Erbelding, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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WATCH: CONFRONTING THE HOLOCAUST: AMERICAN RESPONSES
What can we learn today from American responses to the Holocaust? What are the warning signs we should look for to help prevent future genocides? What is our responsibility as a nation or as individuals when confronted with such crimes?
LISTEN: PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND THE EARLY NEWS OF THE HOLOCAUST
On January 8, 2014, Richard Breitman, distinguished professor in history at American University, examined the contentious debate that still lingers over whether Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Hitler’s Europe.