The New Dealers' War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the War within World War II

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II
LET MY CRY
COME UNTO THEE

While New Dealers and idealists such as Wendell Willkie fretted over the failure to define the war as a moral crusade, an issue of enormous ethical proportions began to emerge from the dark recesses of the Nazi empire. Toward the end of 1942, Eduard Schulte, a German industrialist from Breslau, told a Swiss friend that the Nazis were planning to deport all the Jews in Europe to Poland, where extermination centers were being constructed. Schulte's story confirmed information reaching Gerhart Riegner, the representative of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva. He prepared a cable that he asked the American consulate in Geneva to send to Washington and London, and then to transmit to Rabbi Stephen Wise, head of the American Jewish Congress. The diplomats did so, adding a cautionary statement casting doubt on Riegner's information. In Washington, the skepticism was

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  • Title Page *
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  • Acknowledgments i
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - The Big Leak i
  • 2 - The Big Leaker 25
  • 3 - From Triumph to Trauma 49
  • 4 - The Great Dichotomy 92
  • 5 - Whose War Is It Anyway? 115
  • 6 - Some Neglected Chickens Come Home to Roost 135
  • 7 - In Search of Unconditional Purity 165
  • 8 - War War Leads to Jaw Jaw 189
  • 9 - Fall of a Prophet 214
  • 10 - What'd You Get, Black Boy? 231
  • 11 - Let My Cry Come Unto Thee 255
  • 12 - Red Star Rising 281
  • 13 - Shaking Hands with Murder 305
  • 14 - Goddamning Roosevelt and Other Pastimes 337
  • 15 - Democracy's Total War 366
  • 16 - Operation Stop Henry 390
  • 17 - Death and Transfiguration in Berlin 420
  • 18 - The Dying Champion 441
  • 19 - Lost Last Stands 473
  • 20 - A New President and an Old Policy 514
  • 21 - Ashes of Victory 548
  • Notes 563
  • Index 599
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