The Story of Sol Bloom, the Most Powerful Jew in Congress During the Holocaust
Hardcover | 6"x 9" | 226 Pages
Written by: Elliot Resnick PhD
Published by: Brenn Books
About this Book
He helped thousands. He even saved the Gerrer Rebbe's life. But he never berated President Roosevelt for failing to rescue more European Jews from the Nazi inferno.
Sol Bloom – a colorful character who introduced the Ferris Wheel to the world in 1893 – chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives during World War II and valiantly steered both Cash-and-Carry and Lend-Lease through Congress. Yet, he disappointed Jewish rescue activists. For while Bloom was a proud Jew, as a high-ranking congressman he felt obligated to put the interests of his country – as he understood them – above all else. And that meant supporting Roosevelt as he led America against the greatest threat mankind has perhaps ever known.
Bloom's life is a unique prism through which to examine the question that continues to haunt so many: Why didn't America do more to save Jews during the Holocaust?