In his book, The Jews Should Keep Quiet: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and the Holocaust, so-called Holocaust™ “historian” Rafael Medoff puts forth a bizarre conspiracy theory alleging FDR so feared a ‘Jewish takeover’ of America that he wouldn’t allow many to immigrate during WWII, which resulted in them “needlessly” dying in the Nazi “death camps”:
“Roosevelt used almost identical language in recommending that the Jews and the Japanese be forcibly ‘spread thin’ around the country,” Medoff told The Times of Israel. “I was struck by the similarity between the language FDR used regarding the Japanese, and that which he used in private concerning Jews — that they can’t be trusted, they won’t ever become fully loyal Americans, they’ll try to dominate wherever they go.”
…During these key years before Roosevelt entered the White House, he also wrote and spoke about “the mingling of white with Oriental blood” and preserving other forms of “racial purity.” According to Medoff, all of this was part of a long-held worldview that later guided Roosevelt during his three terms in office.
“Roosevelt’s unflattering statements about Jews consistently reflected one of several interrelated notions: that it was undesirable to have too many Jews in any single profession, institution, or geographic locale; that America was by nature, and should remain, an overwhelmingly white, Protestant country; and that Jews on the whole possessed certain innate and distasteful characteristics,” wrote Medoff.
…“It wasn’t the public mood that set Roosevelt’s immigration policy; he could have quietly allowed the quotas to be filled without anybody knowing it,” said Medoff. “His harsh policy was a choice that he made, which emanated from his vision of what he thought America should look like.”
…In 1939, as the world went to war, Hitler broadcast his intentions to annihilate European Jewry. Simultaneously, FDR refused to support a bill that would have let 20,000 Jewish German adolescents into the US. Anne Frank and her sister Margot could have qualified to be included, since they were German citizens and under age 16, said Medoff.
Roosevelt’s determination to keep Jews away from America knew few limits, as probed in several chapters of Medoff’s book. Although it is well-known that Roosevelt turned away the St. Louis ship packed with German Jewish refugees, the president took other steps that have been omitted by most of his biographers.
For example, when the Dominican Republic made a public offer to take in 100,000 Jews on visas, the administration undermined the plan. From Roosevelt’s point of view, explained Medoff, that country was too close to home, and Jews deposited there would inevitably come to America. Officials in the US Virgin Islands, too, were willing to rescue Jews by letting them into the country, but Roosevelt halted the plan, wrote Medoff.
According to this wild Jewish conspiracy theory, FDR — whose administration was already chock full of Jews (see list below) — was a virulent closet “antisemite” and “White supremacist” — despite his own reputed Jewish ancestry — who sympathized with the ‘evil Nazis’ and may have indirectly been responsible for sending millions of Jews to the so-called Gas Chambers™.
This is all the more remarkable considering that FDR is still the most beloved U.S. president whenever polled specifically by American Jews — that is, unless Medoff gets his way.
Let’s present a much more rational — and far less paranoid — explanation for FDR’s policies vis a vis the Jews:
In order to have a compelling reason for handing Palestine over to the Jews at the end of the war, the Jews were going to need at least the appearance of overwhelming Jewish suffering during the war, but if they allowed millions to safely immigrate to America, they wouldn’t be able to persuasively claim that they died in Gas Chambers™ and garner international sympathy.
And there can be little doubt that it was Rabbi Stephen Wise — a rabid and hard-nosed Zionist who was skeptical of early Holocaust claims — cynically advised FDR to take that uncompromising stand against immigration.
Rabbi Wise and Bernard Baruch called the shots as far as the administration’s “Jewish policy” — not FDR.
And another reason FDR didn’t feel compelled to “save” these Jews is because he knew that the reports of so-called “extermination camps” were merely Allied atrocity propaganda created to discredit the Germans and gain sympathy for the Jews.
Unlike the public, FDR knew the Jews did not — in reality — face imminent death if they weren’t evacuated from Europe. He also knew from Stalin that the Soviets were quietly evacuating millions of Jews to safety in the East — and these were the ‘disappearing’ Jews that would be the basis for the claims of Nazi gassings and cremations.
FDR was executing his role in the land grab for Palestine — the ultimate prize of WWII — exactly as literally scripted by the likes of Ben Hecht, Rabbi Wise, Chaim Weizmann, Bernard Baruch, and Ze’ev Jabotinsky, just to name a few.
And here’s a list of the Jewish cabal surrounding FDR:
1. Bernard M. Baruch — a financier and adviser to FDR
2. Felix Frankfurter — Supreme Court Justice; a key player in FDR’s New Deal system
3. David E. Lilienthal — director of Tennessee Valley Authority, adviser. The TVA changed the relationship of government-to-business in America — and helped with atomic esponiage to help Soviets get atomic bomb
4. David Niles — presidential aide
5. Louis Brandeis — U.S. Supreme Court Justice; confidante of FDR; “Father” of New Deal
6. Samuel I. Rosenman — official speechwriter for FDR
7. Henry Morgenthau Jr. — Secretary of the Treasury, “unofficial” presidential adviser. Father of the Morgenthau Plan to re-structure (“denazify”) Germany/Europe after WWII
8. Benjamin V. Cohen — State Department official, adviser to FDR
9. Rabbi Stephen Wise — close pal of FDR, spokesman for the American Zionist movement, head of The American Jewish Congress
10. Frances Perkins — Secretary of Labor; allegedly Jewish/adopted at birth; unconfirmed
11. Sidney Hillman — presidential adviser
12. Anna Rosenberg — longtime labor adviser to FDR, and manpower adviser with the Manpower Consulting Committee of the Army and Navy Munitions Board and the War Manpower Commission
13. Herbert H. Lehman — Governor of New York, 1933-1942, Director of U.S. Office of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation Operations, Department of State, 1942-1943; Director-General of UNRRA, 1944 – 1946, pal of FDR
14. Herbert Feis — U.S. State Department official, economist, and an adviser on international economic affairs.
15. R. S. Hecht — financial adviser to FDR
16. Nathan Margold — Department of the Interior Solicitor, legal adviser
17. Jesse I. Straus — adviser to FDR
18. H. J. Laski — “unofficial foreign adviser” to FDR
19. E. W. Goldenweiser — Federal Reserve Director
20. Charles E. Wyzanski — U.S. Labor department legal adviser
21. Samuel Untermyer — lawyer, “unofficial public ownership adviser” to FDR
22. Jacob Viner — Tax expert at the U.S. Treasury Department, assistant to the Treasury Secretary
23. Edward Filene — businessman, philanthropist, unofficial presidential adviser
24. David Dubinsky — Labor leader, president of International Ladies Garment Workers Union
25. William C. Bullitt — part-Jewish, ambassador to USSR [is claimed to be Jonathan Horwitz’s grandson; unconfirmed]
26. Mordecai Ezekiel — Agriculture Department economist
27. Abe Fortas — Assistant director of Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of the Interior Undersecretary
28. Isador Lubin — Commissioner of Labor Statistics, unofficial labor economist to FDR
29. Harry Dexter White [Weiss] — Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; a key founder of the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank; adviser, close pal of Henry Morgenthau. Co-wrote the Morgenthau Plan
30. Alexander Holtzoff — Special assistant, U.S. Attorney General’s Office until 1945; [presumed to be Jewish; unconfirmed]
31. David Weintraub — official in the Office of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation Operations; helped create the United Nations; Secretary, Committee on Supplies, 1944-1946
32. Nathan Gregory Silvermaster — Agriculture Department official and head of the Near East Division of the Board of Economic Warfare; helped create the United Nations
33. Harold Glasser — Treasury Department director of the division of monetary research. Treasury spokesman on the affairs of United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
34. Irving Kaplan — U.S. Treasury Department official, pal of David Weintraub
35. Solomon Adler — Treasury Department representative in China during World War II
36. Benjamin Cardozo — U.S. Supreme Court Justice
37. Leo Wolman — chairman of the National Recovery Administration’s Labor advisery Board; labor economist
38. Rose Schneiderman — labor organizer; on the advisery board of the National Recovery Administration
39. Jerome Frank — general counsel to the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, Justice, U.S. Court o Appeals, 1941-57
40. Gerard Swope — key player in the creation of the N.R.A. [National Recovery Administration]
41. Herbert Bayard Swope — brother of Gerard
42. Lucien Koch — consumer division, N.R.A. [apparently-Jewish]
43. J. David Stern — Federal Reserve Board, appointed by FDR
44. Nathan Straus — housing adviser
45. Charles Michaelson — Democratic [DNC] publicity man
46. Lawrence Steinhardt — ambassador to Soviet Union
47. Harry Guggenheim — heir to Guggenheim fortune, adviser on aviation
48. Arthur Garfield Hays — adviser on civil liberties
49. David Lasser — head of Worker’s Alliance, labor activist
50. Max Zaritsky — labor adviser
51. James Warburg — millionaire, early backer of New Deal before backing out
52. Louis Kirstein — associate of E. Filene
53. Charles Wyzanski, Jr. — counsel, Dept. of Labor
54. Charles Taussig — early New Deal adviser
55. Jacob Baker — assistant to W.P.A. head Harry Hopkins; assistant head of W.P.A. [Works Progress Admin.]
56. Louis H. Bean — Dept. of Agriculture official
57. Abraham Fox — research director, Tariff Commission
58. Benedict Wolf — National Labor Relations Board [NLRB]
59. William Leiserson — NLRB
60. David J. Saposs — NLRB
61. A. H. Meyers — NLRB [New England division]
62. L. H. Seltzer — head economist at the Treasury Dept.
63. Edward Berman — Dept. of Labor official
64. Jacob Perlman — Dept. of Labor official
65. Morris L. Jacobson — chief statistician of the Government Research Project
66. Jack Levin — assistant general manager, Rural Electrification Authority
67. Harold Loeb — economic consultant, N.R.P.
68. William Seagle — council, Petroleum Labor Policy Board
69. Herman A. Gray — policy committee, National Housing Conference
70. Alexander Sachs — rep. of Lehman Bros., early New Deal consultant
71. Paul Mazur — rep. of Lehman Bros., early consultant for New Deal
72. Henry Alsberg — head of the Writer’s Project under the W.P.A.
73. Lincoln Rothschild — New Deal art administrator