At the height of World War II, four lawyers in the U.S. Treasury Department discovered that the highly-educated, patrician diplomats in the State Department had covered up reports of the Nazi extermination scheme–and then blocked the rescue of 70,000 Romanian Jews forcibly marched into Transnistria in the Nazi-conquered Ukraine and left to die of starvation, disease, and sheer exhaustion. The Treasury lawyers charged the diplomats with being “accomplices of Hitler.”
The outrage of the Treasury lawyers—tough-minded New Dealers from Christian, middle-class backgrounds—at the State Department’s complicity in genocide precipitated a titanic intergovernmental battle. The stakes were nothing less than the fates of countless European Jews (symbolized by an orphaned girl’s struggle for survival in Transnistria), the historical reputation of FDR, and the soul of America itself.
Journey with author Gregory Wallance into this largely untold story from both the perspective of those in American Government and from a survivor who bears witness to all that happened in Transnistria.
The Jewish Journal: “Wallance tells quite a story and masterfully documents the well-deserved indictment of the World War II-era U.S. State Department.” (review by Michael Berenbaum, former Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Holocaust Research Institute and Professor of Jewish Studies at American Jewish University.)
Jewish Book Council: “An important contribution to the debate surrounding the Roosevelt Administration and the politics of rescue. Reads like a thriller.” (review by Jack Fischel, Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and author of The Holocaust and Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust.)