Analysis Of Franklin Delano Roosevelt And The Holocaust Essay

1274 Words Apr 28th, 2015 6 Pages
Taking a Stand As the President of the United States of America, one does not simply just govern his or her own country. This person also is Commander in Chief and has the responsibilities of controlling the army and keeping his/her country safe. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had the toughest job of any President in the United States’ history. When the Nazis took power in Germany in 1925, they believed that they were superior and groups like Jews and Gypsies were inferior. On January 30, 1933 the Nazis put their plan, The Final Solution, into play. The plan was to annihilate the Jews of Europe. FDR had to decide how much action he wanted to take in response to the Holocaust. Many saw FDR as a hero before, but now many have criticized him for not helping the Jews enough. Some argue that America did more than enough, but others feel like more of an effort should have been made. Although America always could have done more to help, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s response to the Holocaust was incredible because he had limited resources and had to find the golden mean between saving the Jews and keeping America safe. Even though many people believe that FDR did not do enough to help the Jews, these people have to remember that there were significant circumstances that he faced. Many people, such as Michael Beschloss, believe that FDR acted too slowly. He said, “That lapse is underscored by Roosevelt’s lateness in pushing his officials to save Jewish refugees and his…

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