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Today in Jewish History - February 9 / Shvat 24

1939 February 9, - June, WAGNER-ROGERS CHILD REFUGEE BILL (USA)

Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers
Courtesy of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Provoked by the events of Kristallnacht, the bill was proposed by New York Democratic Senator Robert F. Wagner, a German American, and Massachusetts Democratic Representative Edith Nourse Rogers. Its goal was to enable 20,000 German Jewish refugee children to enter the United States over a two-year period. The bill was toppled by the negative attitude of President Roosevelt, coupled with the anti- Semitism of members of Congress (especially Senator Robert Reynolds of North Carolina).


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