The Holocaust: The United States And The Holocaust

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Rose Ibarra Ms. Mollo CP English 11 P.3 5 May 2012 The United States and the Holocaust "The Holocaust is a central event in many people's lives, but it also has become a metaphor for our century" (Appelfeld). Appelfeld states not only was the Holocaust a memorial event but that it also meant something much more. The Holocaust started around the late 1930's right after Adolf Hitler came into power in Germany. While the Holocaust was being established, Americans seemed to be having a hard time with the Great Depression and trying to find jobs. Americans sadly did nothing to help free the prisoners in the beginning, for they did not know or did not believe the Germans could do such a discrimination. The Jews already drew so much attention…show more content…
Now it was becoming a worldwide phenomenon that would take America by storm. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the War Refugee Board(WRB), to rescue the prisoners from the camps. "By the time the War Refugee Board was established, however, Four fifths of the Jews who would die in the Holocaust were already dead" ("United States"). By that specific estimate, there seemed no reason for a plan to be established so lately in the Holocaust. It was not a perfect start for America but it was an overview of what they were going to find in camps nearby. United States took a while to notice what was happening in Germany and how to figure out what to do. The United States involvement in saving the Jews is a huge event that is describe indefinitely. Though it was difficult to rescue the Jews it was more difficult to get America to find out about the Holocaust. On January 22, 1944, Roosevelt, under pressure from American Jews and his own Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau Jr., established the War Refugee Board (WRB) as an independent agency to facilitate the rescue of imperiled refugees. In August 1944, the WRB and the U.S. Department of the Interior established the Fort Ontario Refugee Center in Oswego, New York. The facility served as a haven for 983 refugees from Yugoslavia who had managed to reach Italy. Two thirds of the residents of the Refugee Center…show more content…
We can always read in newspapers, magazines, books etc. but we do not really know what the Jewish people went through until we put ourselves in their shoes, which is what some authors did. The Jewish people had hope and it was all they needed to hold on to the idea that they would one day be saved, and they were of course. The United States came to the rescue(though some felt they came too late) and beat the Germans to giving
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