“…the most overwhelming disaster of Jewish history has befallen Jews in the form of the Hitler mass-massacres…”
A plea for action and public support
“We are dealing with an insane man— Hitler, and the group that surrounds him represents an example of a national psychopathic case. We cannot act toward them by normal means. That is why the problem is very difficult.”—Franklin Roosevelt, December 8, 1942 during his meeting with American Jewish leaders
Rabbi Stephen Wise, President of the American Jewish Congress, wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt on December 2, 1942, appealing to him to publicly acknowledge that Hitler had begun the “Final Solution to the Jewish question”—the systematic slaughter all Jewish people in the lands he ruled.
Roosevelt met with Wise and other leaders on December 8th. Granting the committee one of their requests but declaring it was too early to intervene, Roosevelt offered to make a public statement if Wise and the others would compose it. Wise spent the remainder of the war trying to publicize the genocide.