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What were American Jews doing to help their kin in Europe during WWII?
Not a rhetorical question.
Not much -- as noted by Szpilman.
“What were American Jews doing to help their kin in Europe during WWII?”
In the run up to war some wealthy American jews saw the writing on the wall and tried to sponsor German Jews out of NAZI Germany. The Roosevelt administration paid lip service on behalf of European jews, but did not open up immigration like many American jews wanted.
I used to know a German woman who, as a girl, spent a year on a train in revolutionary Spain trying to secure a visa. She was sponsored by wealthy American Jews. She was repatriated back to Germany and then put on a ship with fake nursing credentials and sent to the Phillipines just in time for the Japanese invasion. She spent the war in a Japanese prison camp (ironic, I know) as a fake nurse, but lived to marry an American and come to the US. Her entire family was murdered in the camps. She had no living relatives.
Realistically there wasn’t much they could do during the war other than serve the US. In the 30s many Jews helped, as did many Christians, but a minority. The status of Jews in Germany really a well known issue, or an issue of much concern to the media. Or our or any western governments.
They could join the US Military, which some did. By the time war came, though, there was little anyone could do from outside Germany. Of course there was no Israel then either, to rally around.