The US and the #Holocaust: “Public opinion was not in charge of US immigration policy; President Roosevelt was”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
PBS Holocaust documentary perpetuates well-worn myths to glorify FDR, says historian
Matt Lebovic
September 18, 2022

Early in his new film “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” documentarian Ken Burns claims the United States admitted more Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany than any other country on Earth. The problem with this statement, according to historian Rafael Medoff, is that it flies in the face of publicly available data on refugees from that period. Clocking in at six hours, “The U.S. and the Holocaust” begins airing on PBS this week. In recent press interviews, Burns said he attempted to handle Roosevelt “more critically” for “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” compared to the previous, somewhat glowing treatments of FDR in his other documentaries on the period. READ MORE

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