If FDR’s response really was motivated by some overt prejudice against Jews, then that is what I would fault him for. But, I had not heard before that FDR had such a prejudice, and I wonder if the author is fair and accurate in his characterization of the private remarks which he uses to build his case. I am not ready to be convinced one way or another on this without more details.
Many of them had relatives here. These were business people, professionals, who could have contributed to our society and to our war effort. Even that quasi-illiterate tinpot dictator Trujillo welcomed Jews from Europe into the DR.
another non-reader. There was a quota for Jewish immigration. Roosevelt did not make any efforts to fill it. Au contraire he put obstacles in the way of filling it.
“How many genocide victims of a different religion has Israel - present or historical - taken in? “
Wrong question. Vis-a-vis the US, different religion than what? Since the US is not a religiously based country, that point makes no sense. We are founded on Judeo-Christian values but there is no state religion.
And actually Israel has taken in many Russian and Ethiopians who they do not believe are Jewish. They have also provided refuge to Sudanese fleeing across the Egyptian border.
But the real point is they have rescued millions of refugees.