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Franklin Roosevelt and the Jews

Saviors of the Jewish people appear from time to time.  Purim is a holiday celebrating the saving of Jews from annihilation in the Persian Empire.  The villain Haman, the royal vizier, wanted to destroy all the Jews in the empire but was foiled by Queen Esther, aided by her cousin Mordechai, who refused to bow or show reverence to Haman.  The two persuaded King Ahasuerus to save their Jewish people from genocide.  The king was a savior: he granted Esther’s petition, the Jews were saved, and the evil Haman was hanged.

Some 2,500 years later, another powerful leader of a great nation was reluctant to become a savior of the same people in spite of the urging of his wife, Eleanor.  In Jerusalem, the memorial Yad Vashem honors individuals, Righteous among the Nations.  So far it includes more than […]

 

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