Title: America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference (Video)
Primary Author: Martin Ostrow
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Published: 1994, ,
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Name of Publication: The American Experience
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No. of Pages: 90
Language: English
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ISBN: 1-56633-145-5
Abstract: This riveting video presents the checkered record of the United States Government, particularly in regard to its immigration policy. What makes the presentation so moving is that the poignantly told story of immigrant Kurt Klein alternates with the story of American diplomatic history. Kurt Klein's efforts to get his parents out of Germany to join him in America is told through their letters as they struggle with the vagaries of American immigration procedure. The chronology of their letters unfolds against the covert bureaucratic efforts to delay lawful immigration. In certain circles, particularly in the old line government agencies like the State Department, Jews were deemed un-desirables, because they were not Christian Anglo-Saxons.

The portrait of Assistant Secretary of State Breckenridge Long in this regard is most damning--and in the light of the dire fates of most of those refused sanctuary--almost crimminal. Mr. Long wrote a memo to American consuls, "We can delay and effectively stop for a temporay period of indefinite length the number of immigrants into the United simply advising our postpone and postpone and postpone the granting of visas." Cut aways to letters of Kurt Klein's parents show how this policy affected them directly--their steamship reservations had to be cancelled. Eventually, they were sent to the east, and presumably died in Auschwitz.

This video presents the story of American anti-sematism in some detail. It is an all too dimly remembered fact that in the United States there were quotas against Jews in universities, many job advertisements read Christians only, resorts were "restricted" and a popular radio personality, Father Coghlin, vilified Jewish bankers as the cause of the world economic depression.

This is an outstanding video of quality eduational content.

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