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Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper Paperback – August 3, 2006
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-New York Post
"Laurel Leff has written an exceptional study of one of the darkest failures of the New York Times--its non-coverage of the holocaust during World War II. How could the best newspaper in the United States, perhaps in the world, under-estimate and under-report the mass killing of more than 6,000,000 Jews? Read this book, which provides answers and in the process stands tall in scholarship, style and importance."
-Marvin Kalb, Senior Fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
"Laurel Leff[...]has done a fine job...[a] wonderful book..."
-New York Daily News
-The New York Times
"This is the best book yet about American media coverage of the Holocaust, as well as an extremely important contribution to our understanding of America's response to the mass murder of the Jews."
-David S. Wyman, author of The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust
"This important book answers--in a compelling fashion--some of the questions which have long been asked about the New York Times' coverage of the Holocaust. Probing far behind the headlines, Leff tells the fascinating story of how the Sulzberger family was rescuing its relatives from Germany at the same time that it was burying the story of the Holocaust in the inner recesses of the paper."
-Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust
"Laurel Leff has written an engrossing and important book about the abject failure of the world's most influential newspaper, The New York Times, to report on the Holocaust its owner and key figures knew was occurring. Her book tells us much about America at the time, the level of anti-Semitism, and the assimilationist desire of the Jewish owner of the Times to avoid stressing the unique Jewish nature of the genocide. It is part and parcel with the same mindset of the Roosevelt Administration. One can only wonder in great sorrow at how many lives might have been saved if the nation's and world's conscience had been touched by full and complete coverage by the Times of what remains the greatest crime of world history."
-Stuart E. Eizenstat, former senior official in the Clinton Administration and the Special Representative of President Clinton on Holocaust-Era Issues. Author of Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor and the Unfinished Business of World War II
"...skilfully[...]written, researched, and analyzed..."
-New Haven Advocate
"A complicated important look back."
-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This is a well-researched and well-written book."
-Haim Genizi, The Journal of American History
"Buried by the Times is admirably relentless."
-Ron Hollander, Montclair State University, American Jewish History
..."thoroughly researched and so carefully written." -Owen V. Johnson, Jhistory
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Incredibly, the coverage of the holocaust did not mention "Jews" specifically. By reading the Times, you would not have known the extent of the genocide nor would you have known that Jews were the major target of the Nazi extermination efforts. It is important to note that there was never a "smoking gun" uncovered, i.e., a memo or written directive from Sulzberger ordering the staff of the Times to soft pedal the events in the concentration camps. What is beyond dispute is that the Sulzberger family was secular and did not view Jews as a people. What is further beyond dispute is that the coverage by the Times was scant. Thus, whether by directive or not, the Times failed miserably in its role as "journal of record," making a mockery of its motto "all the news that's fit to print. What is particularly reprehensible is that members of the Sulzberger family were being rescued while the details of the holocaust were being quashed.
The Times, could have been influential but, tragically, it failed to exercise it's influence.Read more ›
Moreover Leff does not simply rage out of thin air, but very carefully documents the whole story of the Times action. And she puts especial emphasis on the bias of the then publisher Sulzberger .His anti- Zionism, his desire to dissociate himself from any national Jewish connection, his fear of having the Times be labeled as a 'Jewish newspaper' all these were part of the formulating of a top- down policy in which the story of what would later come to be known as the 'Holocaust' was downplayed.
One feels the author has done a long- due and necessary job.
But the problem with this book is that it focuses on the Times as if it somehow committed this sin for the first time in misleading the American public. I agree with her thesis that the Times has been hoisted as the most influential paper in the world among lazy elites, including those who have reviewed her book, but that is rapidly changing now, primarily due to the fact that the paper has failed so miserably in many areas, including the latest diversions of small change like Jason Blair. But the biggest holocaust of the last century did not occur in the ovens built by the Nazis, it was committed in the Ukraine when Stalin's forced collectivization starved far more Ukrainians to death than Hitler killed with his Zyklon-B.Read more ›
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This is the book that had to be written!! It describes, even to this day, the New York Times's stance toward the Jewish people. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Jacobson
This book proves conclusively that the New York Times deliberately refused to report virtually anything at all about the Holocaust during World War Two. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Bernie Freedman
How the pre-eminent American newspaper got wrong the signature evil of the last century is poignantly and powerfully told in Laurel Leff's carefully researched account.Published on December 6, 2013 by Stephen J. Whitfield
Leff provides a necessary look at how the most influential newspaper in America dealt with the Nazi regime before and during the Second World War. Read morePublished on February 26, 2006 by N. Ravitch
Laurel Leff has given us a nicely detailed description of how the New York Times, then as now the most eminent newspaper in the country, failed to appreciate the historical... Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by Werner Cohn
This is not a book about The New York Times and its miserable
coverage (never on the front page) of the War Against the Jews. Read more
Obviously, the New York Times did a horrible job of reporting the slaughter of millions of Jews by Germans and others during World War Two. Read morePublished on July 20, 2005 by Jill Malter
The facts are that the Times carefully avoided the stories of what happened to the Jews because of the rabid anti-Semitism that was as widespread here as it was in Germany. Read morePublished on June 26, 2005 by SwingDeveloper
Is it not peculiar that the New York Times burries its head in the sand about the fate of Jews during WW2? Read morePublished on June 11, 2005 by R. Frenkel