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Dr. James Lagrand


Henry Feingold vividly remembers his discovery during adolescence of why so few European Jews found safe haven across the Atlantic during World War II. He reflects, "I learned that America did not want the refugees and that American Jewry lacked the cohesiveness and influence to help."1 The vast majority of historians agree with this conclusion that due to a variety of factors the United States effort to save Hitler's victims was inadequate. Analysis of this American response is divided into two categories: that of the American Jewish community and that of the United States government, and historians vary according to the level of criticism they allocate to each.