Dr. Michael Berenbaum "Was FDR as Bad for the Jews as Some Think He Was?"

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt has not fared well among Holocaust scholars, and even worse among American Jews. Both Arthur Morse’s popular work While Six Million Died and David Wyman’s more scholarly study The Abandonment of the Jews hold the Roosevelt Administration and the President himself accountable for their inaction and indifference to the fate of the Jews—if not worse!

In this talk 2017 Fishman Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Berenbaum explores the question anew. How are we to judge FDR? Was he a catastrophe and an antisemite? Was he indispensable and heroic? Was he both?

Dr. Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He serves as the Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and as a Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. The author and editor of 20 books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces, he was also the Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. He was Project Director overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the first Director of its Research Institute. He later served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation created by Stephen Spielberg, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors in 32 languages and 57 countries and is now the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. His work in flim has won Emmy and Academy Awards.

The Suzanne R. and Dr. Lawrence M.Fishman Scholar-in-Residence program has been established as a multi-year commitment to promote the agenda of the FIU Holocaust Studies Initiative: to enhance Holocaust education through outreach to the entire South Florida region. To that end, the Fishman Scholar will engage the community annually with lectures at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, on campus, and at a local Jewish Day School. This year's school partner is Katz Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton.

Inaugural Suzanne R. Fishman abd Dr. Lawrence M. Fishman Scholar-in-Residence

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