Program Details

How the Roosevelt Administration Dealt with the Nazis

Ralph Nurnberger
History / Politics
Video Catch-up

Course Description

One of the most politically charged questions in American history has been what the Administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, or did not do, in response to the Nazis. Prior to the start of World War II, America’s immigration policies and practices were the main focus.  Did the administration do enough to enable those seeking sanctuary from the Nazis to immigrate to the United States or elsewhere? What policies were in place and how were these enforced? Once the War began, the emphasis shifted from immigration to rescue. Again, the question is whether the United States did all it could to assist those Jews and others whose lives were in peril?

About the Instructor

  • Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. He taught history and international relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as executive director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a senior partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College, his master's degree from Columbia University, and his doctoral degree from Georgetown University.