by Rafael Medoff, October 3, 2021

Franklin Delano Roosevelt managed — indirectly when necessary — to support Britain’s ability to wage war against Nazi Germany, long before the United States entered World War 2. Similarly, he had a reputation for helping the Jews before and in WW2; because of this, many Jews are still loyal to the Democratic Party. But here, the facts paint a very different picture. FDR never spoke up about Hitler’s deadly anti-Jewish policies in the 1930s, nor did he do much if anything to help Jews escape German-controlled Europe and the Holocaust. Before the United States entered the war, interactions with the Nazi State were in support of American oil companies, although this often meant building up Germany’s ability to wage war. As an example, “at Hitler’s request, Standard Oil had obstructed the development of synthetic rubber in the United States, and instead provided the rubber technology to the Nazis.” As Rafael Medoff writes, “The president who presented himself to the public as a humanitarian and a champion of the downtrodden went out of his way to maintain good diplomatic and economic ties with the world’s most brutal violator of human rights.”

AUTHOR: As written in JNS, “Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and author of more than 20 books about the Holocaust and Jewish history. This essay is based in part on the research for his most recent book, ‘The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust.'”

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