American Immigration Policies and Public Opinion on European Jews.pdf

American Immigration Policies and Public Opinion on European Jews.pdf

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East Tennessee State University Digital Commons @ East Tennessee State University Electronic Theses and Dissertations 5-2002 American Immigration Policies and Public Opinion on European Jews from 1933 to 1945. Wesley P. Greear East Tennessee State University Follow this and additional works at: This Thesis - Open Access is brought to you for free and open access by Digital Commons @ East Tennessee State University. It has been accepted for inclusion in Electronic Theses and Dissertations by an authorized administrator of Digital Commons @ East Tennessee State University. For more information, please contact [email protected] . Recommended Citation Greear, Wesley P., "American Immigration Policies and Public Opinion on European Jews from 1933 to 1945." (2002). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 645.
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American Immigration Policies and Public Opinion on European Jews from 1933 to 1945 ___________________ A thesis presented to the faculty of the Department of History In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in History ___________________ by Wesley P. Greear May 2002 ___________________ Dr. Emmett Essin, Chair Dr. Stephen Fritz Dr. Dale Schmitt Keywords: F.D.R., Holocaust, State Department, WWII
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ABSTRACT American Immigration Policies and Public Opinion on European Jews From 1933 to 1945 by Wesley P. Greear This paper examines the role and scope of the American public’s opinion on European Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. Significant attention is placed on several aspects of American politics and public perceptions at this time. The ideas that developed from the Great Depression through World War II on refugees and immigrants are closely scrutinized. The approach to this study focuses on sources from renowned Holocaust scholars including Raul Hilberg, David S. Wyman, Martin Gilbert, Henry Feingold, Hadley Cantril, Robert Divine, and Deborah E. Lipstadt to name a select few of the authors referenced. Several newspapers and journals such as the New York Times , St. Louis Post- Dispatch , The Washington Post , The Christian Century , The Nation , and the New Republic are referenced. The areas of focus are on public attitude, governmental involvement, Jewish leadership in the United States, and military capabilities. Conclusions of this study include apathy from participating parties, the inability to organize strong rescue support, and the refusal to lower the immigration restrictions of the time. 2
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DEDICATION I would like to dedicate my thesis to three very important people in my life. The first two are my parents, Danny and Louella Greear. I want to thank both of you for your love and support throughout the duration of this project. Not only was your insight into this project invaluable but also your financial support allowed me to pursue this degree. I also want to thank my fiancé and future wife Sonya for her patience, inspiration, and love throughout this endeavor.
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