Dr. Rafael Medoff

When Jews mixed sport with politics

When 1933 Germany was chosen as the site of the Olympics, Jews protested, but to no avail., 10/25/2019, 12:10 PM

The Rabbi, the telegram, and the Holocaust

In the months and years after the Holocaust, many excuses would be heard from the Allies as to why Europe’s Jews could not be rescued. But nobody could plead ignorance., 8/29/2019, 5:05 AM

FDR's token refugee shelter

1944: War Sec'y Stimson vigorously opposed the temporary havens idea for Europe's endangered Jews. In his view, Jews were “unassimilable” and would undermine the purity of the USA's “racial stock.” How tragic, looking at America 2019., 8/8/2019, 6:00 AM

There is no Dachau in Texas

Tens of thousands of prisoners were murdered in Dachau, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen, concentration camps and not death camps like Auschwitz. Is that "exactly the same" as the US detention facilities in Texas and Arizona, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez?, 6/20/2019, 6:54 AM

What we can't forget when we remember Anne Frank

The part of the story that Life Magazine left out in its glossy 96 page magazine on Anne Frank's life and legacy is how she could have been saved., 6/14/2019, 12:01 PM

Comic book features American Holocaust hero

Comic books are an amazing way to further Holocaust education., 5/3/2019, 9:04 AM

Why FDR wouldn't condemn Hitler

Roosevelt not only refused to criticize the Hitler government, but he personally removed critical references to Hitler from at least three planned speeches by Interior Secretary Harold Ickes in 1935 and 1938. And that's not all., 5/2/2019, 6:11 AM

Proof that bombs can stop Genocide

American bombs can stop genocide in Syria, it's time to learn from the US failure to bomb the tracks to Auschwitz., 2/21/2019, 6:32 AM

Rescuing Jews, despite FDR

Some 190,000 quota places from Germany and Axis- occupied countries sat unused during the Holocaust years, because the Roosevelt administration deliberately suppressed immigration below the levels permitted by law. , 1/27/2019, 5:25 PM

When Jewish politics trumped Holocaust rescue

The sad story of how one man's unbridled pursuit of power stopped the protests that might have made FDR do something to help European Jewry., 12/25/2018, 10:22 PM

FDR gets credit for his response to Kristallnacht. He shouldn't

Even after 80 years have passed since Kristallnacht, as of this week, the truth about FDR's betrayal of the Jewish people is still not widely known., 11/8/2018, 8:18 PM

A calendar distorts the Holocaust

How the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s new calendar distorts the Holocaust, whitewashing FDR and US responses to the mass murder of Jews., 10/4/2018, 7:10 AM

The day the rabbis marched in Washington right before Yom Kippur

They came in 1943 to plead for the rescue of Europe's Jews, when so many could still have been saved, but FDR left the White House by a back door and refused to meet with them. And millions more died., 9/18/2018, 2:30 PM

'It can be done:' New details on the rescue of Denmark's Jews

On Rosh Hashana 1943 and for three weeks after it, the Danes proved it could be done, but America was not listening., 9/6/2018, 8:15 PM


The U.S. Holocaust Museum's new exhibit on America and the Shoah tries to show that FDR did the best he could to help Jews during the Holocaust. Part 3 of a special 3 part series., 5/4/2018, 12:45 PM


Part 2 of a special 3-part series: It is inconvenient to rescue Jews., 5/3/2018, 6:14 AM


Part 1 of a 3 part series on the U.S. and the Holocaust, currently the subject of an exhibition at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. in which the facts brought here are obscured., 5/1/2018, 9:30 PM

'He's one of us' doesn't excuse sexual abuse

There are no extenuating circumstances for abuse., 1/3/2018, 2:10 AM

Extreme defenders of FDR distort Holocaust record

Perhaps the most infuriating remark of an FDR defender is the claim that had he spoken out against the extermnation of Europe's Jews, FDR might have spurred Hitler on to kill more of them. Robert Rosen actually said that., 10/23/2017, 10:45 PM

Misunderstanding the causes of anti-Semitism

The events of recent weeks have revealed a surprising abundance of self-proclaimed experts on the causes of anti-Semitism., 3/4/2017, 11:10 PM

Martin Luther King Day: How Zionists defeated segregation in Baltimore

In 1946, legendary author Ben Hecht and 32 other playwrights announced they would not permit their works to be performed at theaters that barred African-Americans. They stuck to their guns and they won., 1/16/2017, 8:45 AM

Words that presidents won't say

Avoiding the words"Islamic terrorism" may lead to a result that parallels the results of another president's omissions., 6/16/2016, 6:12 AM

Melania blames the Jews

Melania joins the long list of those, including past US presidents, who are willing to blame the victim as long as he is a Jew., 5/20/2016, 5:10 PM

An odd couple? Cartoons and the Holocaust

Cartoons and genocide actually intersect in a number of unexpected ways. , 5/5/2016, 11:10 PM

Hypocrisy on the Golan Heights: An "occupational" hazard

Who are the Security Council members who are so "concerned" about Israel controlling the Golan? , 5/3/2016, 4:17 PM

Netanyahu is not the first leader the White House found "frustrating"

There is no friendship without disagreements and there have been plenty of those in Israel's history of relations with the USA., 4/28/2016, 7:37 AM

Why the Rabbi said: "Eat bread on Passover"

The rabbi's unusual Passover message was: "Eat bread and save Jews.", 4/21/2016, 10:52 PM

Al Pacino Reopens the Debate Over Pro-Nazi Celebrities

Should cultural contributions by individuals whose views are anathema and/or harmful to others be shunned?, 6/10/2015, 12:32 PM

The Inconvenience of Genocide

Genocide is only condemned or acted upon by the current US administration when politically convenient. A must read, especially for those who believe Obama's promises to protect Israel., 4/19/2015, 7:58 AM

Getting Anne Frank All Wrong

There was no room for Jewish refugee children., 4/15/2015, 6:03 PM

Bibi Isn't the 1st Jewish Leader Stung by White House

The insult to Netanyahu brings back Jewish leaders fighting for Jewish lives who were to be treated shabbily by the White House., 1/26/2015, 9:07 AM

NY Times Tour of Iran: Another PR Victory for Dictators

The NY Times sponsors a trip to Iran - there are precedents. (There are also standards: the tour is closed to those who have Israel stamped in their passports, Jews and gays have been told to hide their identity.) , 10/27/2014, 3:38 AM

Is the US Finally Confronting Genocide?

The US has never stated fighting genocide as a reason to fight a war., 9/9/2014, 6:30 PM

Lag Ba'omer at the Pyramids

An amazing Lag Ba'omer bonfire, lit by Jewish soldiers from Palestine in WWII in the land of the Pharaohs. Who is still here and who has vanished?, 5/18/2014, 10:33 PM

FDR's Anti-Semitic Cocktails - with Molotov

FDR used anti-Semitism as "an icebreaker", say some historians - oh, really?, 3/17/2014, 4:30 AM

A Hanukkah of Broken Promises

In 1944, a Jewish cartoonist published a biting cartoon in the Hebrew press aimed at the British mandate and the USA., 11/30/2013, 7:44 PM

Bloomberg News Encounters Nazi China

How can editors today tell the truth about totalitarian regimes without fear of reprisals?, 11/17/2013, 6:55 AM

Fighting for the Jewish State, Rosh Hashana 1947

This little-known story of an intrepid young rabbi is being made public by Arutz Sheva, thanks to Dr. Medoff., 9/4/2013, 3:53 PM

Netanyahu's Not Alone on Auschwitz Lessons

Injecting the Holocaust into Israeli strategic calculations - should Netanyahu do so or not?, 6/16/2013, 9:18 AM

Anne Frank Was Barred, But Her Tree Made it to the U.S.

America did not actually kill Jews, it just kept them out, causing them to be trapped and killed. British purebred puppies were allowed into the US., 4/7/2013, 5:18 PM

Celebrities Who Embrace Dictators

There is a long, sordid history of celebrities who praise dictators, ignoring the reality of their tyrannical acts. Chavez is the latest example., 3/9/2013, 8:46 PM

If You Can't Save Everybody, Save Nobody?

That is President Obama's policy. It was also FDR's tragic logic. But why not save at least some of them, if you can't save them all?, 1/29/2013, 12:22 PM

Genocide Confirmed - Grudgingly

When did the US finally decide that Jews were being exterminated in Europe?, 12/17/2012, 10:24 AM

A Quaker Eye Witness to Mideast Violence

It is interesting to see what the British do when Arab terrorists in the Middle East attack them., 12/13/2012, 3:13 PM

Exposé: Churchill, Jesus and the Holocaust

Churchill was far from the stalwart friend of the soon to be murdered Jews of Hungary in 1944. A mind changing story that is not known to the public., 11/9/2012, 11:44 AM

NY Jews did not Vote Democrat for Truman in 1948

New research shows that when an incumbent Democratic president is perceived as unfriendly to Israel, there can be a shift in the traditional Democratic Jewish vote. Truman lost NY State for his arms embargo on Israel. , 10/24/2012, 4:03 PM

The Election that Saved the Negev

Beersheba, Ashkelon, and Eilat would have been Arab cities, and the Dead Sea would have been controlled by an Arab navy, according to an American-supported Mideast peace plan in 1948. A presidential election intervened., 10/10/2012, 3:33 PM

Flexibility After the Elections - Then and Now

Second termers are more "flexible" - that is, not to be counted on - regarding the promises they made towards Israel - something to worry about., 10/5/2012, 8:16 AM

Harry Truman's Yom Kippur Surprise

Harry Truman's message to American Jewry on the eve of Yom Kippur in 1946 made front page news, was read aloud in synagogues from coast to coast. , 9/25/2012, 9:14 AM

A Lesson for Israel - From Darfur

Judge Obama by what he does - or doesn't do - not by what he says., 4/19/2012, 12:57 PM

Rely on US? Israel's PM Cites Failure to Bomb Auschwitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week cited the Roosevelt administration's failure to bomb Auschwitz as part of his explanation of Israeli policy regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program. , 3/8/2012, 8:15 AM

Basketball, Jews and Tolerance

The rights of Jewish athletes to keep the Sabbath in the USA is not a simple accomplishment ., 3/7/2012, 3:38 PM

Too Much Holocaust?

Every country and every writer has his reason to downplay the Holocaust. , 12/26/2011, 10:44 PM

Obama, Libya and the Holocaust

America’s action in Libya constitutes a significant change from the policies of some previous presidents, such as those who knew Jews were being killed in gas chambers., 3/29/2011, 8:29 PM

Megillat Hitler: FDR & The Jews

Jewish communities around the world have established local Purim-style celebrations to mark their deliverance from catastrophe. But in North Africa in 1942, FDR didn't exactly deliver the goods., 3/19/2011, 8:31 PM

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Look at the two editorial cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winning Edmund Duffy that appeared in the Baltimore Sun in the 1930's., 1/17/2011, 11:48 AM

A Holocaust Lesson

Today's Jewish college students can learn from the activist JTS students of 1942. A timely article for the 10th of Tevet, the start of the 586 B.C. siege of Jerusalem and Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel., 12/17/2010, 12:58 AM