Richard Breitman, coauthor of “FDR and the Jews,” will speak in Payson Library’s Surfboard Room on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. Presented in partnership with the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, Breitman will discuss his conclusions around a question which has become a hot topic over the past twenty years: could President Franklin D. Roosevelt have done more to save Jews from the horrors of the Holocaust?
The New York Times notes that Breitman's book, "...is the latest, and most thoughtful entry into this scholarly minefield... Even those who disagree with the book's conclusions must acknowledge the mountain of research on which they rest. And the main conclusion is this: while saving the Jews of Europe was never a high priority for Roosevelt, he did more for them than any other world leader at the time, despite the enormous obstacles he faced at home."
Breitman is a professor of history at American University, and the author or coauthor of nine books, and many articles in German history, U.S. history, and the Holocaust. Breitman is editor of the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which is owned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He served as director of historical research for the Nazi War Criminal Records and Imperial Japanese Records Interagency Working Group, which helped to bring about declassification of more than eight million pages of U.S. government records under a 1998 law. He earned a BA and MA from Yale University, and a PhD from Harvard University.
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