U.S. Response to the Holocaust


This assignment asks you to write an 7-8 page paper on a topic of your choice within the area of Holocaust/genocide scholarship. The paper

must articulate a question or problem, make an argument, and marshal relevant evidence from your secondary sources to illustrate your

argument. Thus, your essay must be thesis-driven. In addition, you need to make sure to utilize at least four secondary sources from the

list below.

Possible sources:
• Richard Breitman and Alan Kraut, American Refugee Policy and European Jewry, 1933-1945. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press,

• Henry Feingold, The Politics of Rescue: The Roosevelt Administration and the Holocaust, 1938-1945. United States Holocaust

Memorial Museum, 1980.
• W.D. Rubinstein, The Myth of Rescue. New York: Routledge, 1997.
• Peter Novick, The Holocaust in American Life. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
• Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, FDR and he Jews. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.
• David Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews. America and the Holocaust. New York: Pantheon Books, 1984.
• Martin Gilbert, Auschwitz and the Allies, New York: Holt & Rinehart, 1981.

Assessing the response of the United States government to the persecution and eventually the mass killing of the Jews remains highly

contentious. While some scholars criticize the government for suppressing knowledge about the genocide and for responding, when it did

respond, “too little too late,” others have stressed the constraints of the time that limited the government’s range of actions. Trace the

opposing arguments that scholars have made on the question of the United States response to the unfolding of the Holocaust.

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