Franklin Delano Roosevelt is deemed by many to be the greatest President of the 20th Century for his leadership during the Great Depression and WWII. With regard to the Holocaust, FDR’s goal was to win the war as quickly as possible and to save as many people as was consistent with that priority. Most historians from the time of the President’s death until the mid-1980s agreed that Roosevelt did all he could to help save Jews in a time of strong anti-Semitism here at home. Some contemporary historians, however, have found FDR’s foreign policy leadership lacking when it comes to dealing with Hitler’s genocide of six million Jews. Did Roosevelt achieve as much for humanity as he might have in dealing with the “Jewish Question?”
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About the presenters: Linda Bouchey and Al Vinck have taught at Bard, Vassar, and Marist LLIs, the National Park Service, and other historical groups. They are National Park Service interpreters and wrote the Roosevelt Genealogy sold by the National Park Service. They are former Wilderstein Preservation and Roosevelt Vanderbilt board members and co-chaired the Roosevelt Educational Memorial for the Hyde Park Central School District. Linda Bouchey is a retired Hyde Park Central School District teacher, and an FDR Library Museum and Archives volunteer. Al Vinck is a retired chair of the Hyde Park Central School District History Department.