It Was FDR Who Blocked the Refugees

Rafael Medoff responds to Jack Schwartz in the latest installment of their debate on the book 'FDR and the Jews' and legacy of the WWII-era U.S. president.

Was President Franklin D. Roosevelt helpless to determine his own immigration policy, a prisoner of "Republicans and Southern Democrats" who "blocked any efforts by [him] to allow even a token number of Jewish refugees on our shores" …? That's what Jack Schwartz claims, in his July 5 response to 

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