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October 7, 2016 8:24 am

New Book Reveals FDR Laughed at Antisemitic Remark

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org –  President Franklin D. Roosevelt “laughed” at a senior aide’s remark about “kikes,” a new biography of the wartime president by a former New York Times editor revealed.

In His Final Battle: The last months of Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Lelyveld writes that after FDR met with the Saudi Arabian king in 1945, senior adviser Charles Bohlen remarked, “If you put any more kikes in Palestine, he is going to kill them,” and the then president chuckled. The anecdote was sourced from a previously unpublished draft of Bohlen’s autobiography.

Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, said the incident is “consistent with President Roosevelt’s own private remark about ‘Hebraic noses’ and his grandson’s statement that FDR enjoyed telling ‘antisemitic stories,’ complete with ‘Jewish’ accents.”

An essay by Medoff chronicling the history of antisemitism among US presidents will appear in a forthcoming book, From Anti-Semitism to Anti-Zionism, edited by Professor Eunice G. Pollack.

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  • Paul Grad

    Read “While Six Million Died” by Arthur Morse. He could have bombed the rail lines going to the death camps but he didn’t. What an SOB, and many Jews regard him as a saint.

  • sam

    So what else is new, look what he did to save Jews, nothing, not even a single bomb specific to slowdown one death train.

    • Yeshaya Landau

      So maybe his brain was crippled too !

  • BRUCERUBIN

    April 5th Roosevelt confirmed to the Saudi’s he would block the resurrection of Israel on April 12 he was dead. Bad choice. Dem bones, Dem bones, them Dry bones “Hear the word of the Lord”

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