Lessons From the Holocaust Should Inform Netanyahu Speech Debate

Plus ça change, Plus c’est la même chose

by Gabriel Eichler
February 12, 2015

…..Rabbi Wise was the most well-known leader of the American Jewish community during the years of World War II, and he also officiated as president of both the American Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress. His shameful failure of “leadership” ended up to be a criminally disgraceful disaster when it came to making any rescue efforts on behalf of Europe’s Jews – including my entire murdered family – during the Holocaust. On October 6, 1943, a delegation of American Orthodox rabbis arrived in Washington hoping for a personal audience with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. They planned to present to the President irrefutable proof that the Nazis were conducting a wholesale annihilation of unimaginable scale of European Jews.

The rabbis understood that this was a decisive moment – the very last chance to stop the Holocaust before the last of European Jewry was extinguished. Wise who – like a good political lackey – called President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ‘Boss’ and ‘Chief,’ advised the President not to meet with the 400 pleading Orthodox rabbis who marched on Washington. So accordingly, the President did not make himself available to hear the pleas……In the Jewish Daily Forward, a certain American Reform leader reportedly pronounced that it would be “ill-advised” for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, because it would take place two weeks before Israeli elections and also because the appearance had been organized without the knowledge of the White House. READ MORE

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