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America's Soul In the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR's State Department, And The Moral Disgrace Of An American Aristocracy Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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Jewish Book Council: ''An important contribution to the debate surrounding the Roosevelt Administration and the politics of rescue. Reads like a thriller.'' (review by Jack Fischel, Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and author of The Holocaust and Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust.)
Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs: ''Wallance's book makes for absorbing reading and offers a picture of America's dismal failure to intervene to save European Jewry.'' (review by Ariel Hurwitz, author of Jews Without Power: American Jews During the Holocaust).
''Superbly researched and beautifully written, America's Soul in the Balance casts a bright, highly disturbing spotlight on the moral bankruptcy of U.S. State Department bureaucrats who sabotaged any attempt to come to the assistance of European Jews, or to publicize their dire fate, during the Holocaust. It should be required reading not only for scholars and other students of history, but for anyone in or entering public service.'' -- Menachem Z. Rosensaft - Vice President of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants and General Counsel, World Jewish Congress
''Wallance has written the ultimate Washington thriller by focusing on the government's moral failure during the war. It is said that history repeats itself; this book offers a valuable and timely warning as to how government should respond in times of moral crisis. Required reading.'' ---- Kenneth R. Feinberg - 9/11 Victim Compensation and BP Oil Funds Special Master and Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation
The Jewish Journal: ''Wallance tells quite a story and masterfully documents the well-deserved indictment of the World War II-era U.S. State Department.'' (review by Michael Berenbaum, former Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Holocaust Research Institute and Professor of Jewish Studies at American Jewish University.)
Jewish Book Council: ''An important contribution to the debate surrounding the Roosevelt Administration and the politics of rescue. Reads like a thriller.'' --(review by Jack Fischel, Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and author of The Holocaust and Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust.)
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It also documents meticulously the fact that people who had the power to do the right thing not only did not, but also actively thwarted and sabotaged efforts that could have forced them to do the right thing.
It is common for victims to be asked, by people in power who know better, to provide super-human proof of the efforts in place against them. It is a truly rare event when such proof actually makes it into the right hands.
The smoking gun in this book is the cable from the US State Department that clearly references an earlier cable that provided chapter and verse to the State Department about the Holocaust plans that had already been set in motion in Europe.
In much the same way as leaking and exposing State Department cables during the illegal war in Iraq threw much-needed light, the purloining by the good lawyers at US Treasury under Henry Morgenthau Jr. of both this cable from Europe and the utterly callous response from US State threw much needed light on the inherent culture of the US State Department and helped finally in the efforts of the War Refugees Board, which utterly and preventably late as it was, did save 200,000 human beings. That is 200,000 more than the State Department liked. Which is definitely worth it.
The reason for the success of the lawyers at Treasury is their clear-eyed acceptance of what State Department superiors really are like - cold, heartless and operating completely in bad faith.Read more ›
Excellent book! I would highly recommend it.
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I had a minimal knowledge of the situation, but can now refer to facts; names,places and events.Understanding FDR and his politics puts him in a different light.Published on January 18, 2014 by Brian Toll
This book is we'll researched and helps answer the often asked questions regarding the holocaust of who knew what when and the what if anything could have been done to mitigate itPublished on December 9, 2013 by Alan Greenberg
It was an interesting read and fairly well researched, but had expected more than a single episode of history plus some interesting filler.Published on March 17, 2013 by Arthur Katz