Prelude to Catastrophe
Robert Shogan examines Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s decision to not intercede on the part of Europe’s Jewish population despite the president’s close Jewish advisers, including his chief speech writer, Sam Rosenman, Supreme Court Justice Louis K. Brandies, adviser and later Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, and Benjamin Cohen who assisted on New Deal financial reform. The author contends it was this group’s insular political thinking and hesitation to stir resentment toward American Jews that kept President Roosevelt removed from the pleas for action by the American Jewish community. Robert Shogan discussed his book at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. close
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