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Interesting analysis Well Done PART I HISTORICAL REVIEW AND ANALYSIS In reviewing the events which gave rise to the USs foreign policy toward Jewish refugees we must identify the relevant factors upon which such decisions were made Factors including the US governments policy mechanisms its bureaucracy and public opinion coupled with the narrow domestic political mindedness of President Roosevelt lead us to ask Why was the American government apathetic to the point of culpability and isolationist to the point of irresponsibility with respect to the systematic persecution and annihilation of the Jewish people of Europe during the period between 1938-1945 Throughout the years of 1933-1939 led by Neville Chamberlain and the British the United States was pursuing a policy of appeasement toward Hitler They had tolerated his military build-up and occupation of the Rhineland both violations of the Treaty of Versailles as well as the annexing of Austria and the take-over of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia Hitler realized early on in his expansionist campaign that Western leaders were too busy dealing with their own domestic problems to pose any real opposition In the United States Americans were wrestling with the ravages of the Great Depression With the lingering memory of the more than 300000 US troops either killed or injured in World War I isolationism was the dominant sentiment in most political circles Americans were not going to be dragged into another war by the British The Depression had bred increased xenophobia and anti-Semitism and with upward of 30 unemployment in some industrial areas1 many Americans wanted to see immigration halted completely It was in this context that the democratic world led by the United States was faced with a refugee problem that it was morally bound to deal with The question then became what would they do Persecution of the Jews in Germany began officially on April 1st 1933
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